Thursday, April 29, 2010

How to buy access to the US congress, example # 23,113

This is about as unsurprising as it gets in Washington, but never the less worth noting. (even though the story is a week old..must have never hit bad) Congressional slime and right-wing zealot Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is facing some heat over possible ethics violations. Not sure what the fuss is about, I mean it's not like the top Republicant on the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent out an email with the subject line:

“Ros-Lehtinen invites YOU to join her Foreign Affairs Advisory Board.”

Wait, she did? Holy shit! And all it takes is the $2,500 cover to attend an “intimate dinner”? Not a bad deal really.

Unfortunately (since I was definitely going to try and infiltrate her advisory board), the whole thing prompted accusations that this somehow violated ethics rules…as if ethics rules actually existed in Washington…and she canceled the whole thing.

For those who don't know much about Ros-Lehtinen, she is the worst of the worst when to comes to US foreign policy in Latin America. For instance she has been the main protector of the terrorist Luis Posada Corriles, while at the same time trying to put Venezuela on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Most recently she was an ardent supporter of the military coup in Honduras, even heading down there for some nice photo-ops with the golpistas (pictured above, taken from her website under the section "Dignitary Meetings - Western Hemisphere").

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