Politico has a remarkable story (remarkable in the sense that the facts have come to light) about a political group selling its support. The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s support in a bitter legislative dispute, but then the group’s chairman flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay. The ACU's response is hardly convincing:
Mr. David Keene's name was on a letter prepared by another organization. This was a personal decision on his part and he was not representing ACU at the time. No permission was given by ACU, and no logo was provided by ACU, to the organization who issued the letter in question.
Okay. So this was all just a little bit of freelancing on the part of the group chairman, freelancing that would never effect his decisions as chairman. I see . . . Of course, in a conservative world, why shouldn't truth be for sale too? The all-knowing market will, in the end, take care of everything after all. If the consumer doesn't like the truth they're buying in one place, they call always shop somewhere else.