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Friday, January 23, 2009

In Flyover Country: Why it matters: Culver's pay-to-play scandal

Excerpted from this post at In Flyover Country

Iowa is in the midst of a scandal. There is no better word for it. And nobody cares. Yepsen writes a must-read column today regarding the sale of the Iowa Lottery. The title -- "Lottery giveaway seems a done deal" -- should make you shudder. It IS a done deal, and it's the stupidest, most outlandish thing we've seen in a long time. What in the world could Chet Culver, Mike Gronstal and Patrick Murphy be thinking? They would give up nearly three BILLION dollars for a one time shot of $200 million this year - that's the cost of selling the lottery. That's the cost of getting re-elected in 2010 which, as Yepsen notes, when you inject federal dollars, they will have "solved" the budget problem and sailed to victory in 2010. The scandal? The guy buying the lottery gave Culver $25,000 in campaign contributions!

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