Sunlight Foundation investigator exposes corruption in McCain campaign

Sunlight Foundation investigator exposes corruption in McCain campaign

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Hey, this has been covered a little in the press, but I just found that the investigator never got credit, so here we go:

On April 15, Anupanama Narayanswamy writing at the Real Time blog, a project of the Sunlight Foundation, reported that Thomas Loeffler, a co-chairman of the McCain campaign, was an active foreign lobbyist for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. She noted that Loeffler had apparently suspended lobbying activities for the Saudis while serving with the McCain campaign, but the Saudis continued to pay his firm some $3.5 million dollars while it was doing no lobbying for them. What were the Saudis paying for? Loeffler's firm and the Saudis wouldn't say. About a month later, an item in Newsweek recounted the same information Narayanswamy found. The story was picked up by other outlets, and Loeffler resigned from the campaign soon after. Good to see that some reporters are doing some digging into the campaigns.

Disclosure: I'm on the board of Sunlight.

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TC

Hi Craig. Wow, Steve needs to get a life. Nowhere does he explain his VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS about Craigslist, which is pretty much, oh what's the word, FREE. So the answer seems to me to be very simple if he and many other clueless posters on your blog are disatisfied with your mostly FREE service: DON'T FRICKIN' USE IT! IT'S FREE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE IT!
So, anyway, how's things?

Steve

UPDATE: this appears to be a guy I've responded to already. Please note he supplied a fake address. /craig
If Craig Newmark — who claims to value customer service so highly — actually responded to my original message about some of the serious problems I've faced, I'd be able to explain in detail exactly what happened and why it has made Craigslist impossible to use (due to certain abuses by customers who violate the rules).
The question is simply whether Craig Newmark wants to try to be helpful when a serious problem arises. Just because Craigslist is FREE doesn't mean it has to be TOTALLY unresponsive to genuine service failures.
I'm still hoping Mr. Newmark may actually respond with a way to reach him about this problem — which affects many users besides myself. Thanks.

Steve

UPDATE: Steve, read your email. Given your actions, though, I'm not sure I can trust you… and I've just checked what you've posted, of late, given your IP. I'd appreciate it if you'd follow our guidelines.
TO: Craig Newmark
Please NOTE that you have NEVER responded to my messages in any form — either at your blog OR thru Craigslist. And it would be nice if you actually did.
Also, as I clearly explained in my original post (and you'd know this if you'd read it), I did not list my email address due to concerns about Spammers possibly getting access to it (I try to limit this exposure, especially at blogs) — and I specifically asked for a way to contact you directly for this REASON (since I've been unable to reach you or ANY supervisor at Craigslist after 10 days of unanswered messages and bureaucratic runaround — as I also clearly explained to you).
The problems I've faced are not unique to me and reflect some of the serious problems that currently exist in the Craigslist system. So if you truly care about customer service, it would be nice if you proved it in ACTION rather than words.
Specifically, it would be a great help if you finally gave me a way to reach you directly so you can learn about these problems in greater detail (assuming you're actually interested in learning about Craigslist service problems). This would also show readers that you do actually care about customer service.
I'm still waiting… Thanks.

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