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12/16/2005 Archived Entry: "Doug Bandow"

Op-Eds for Sale: "A senior fellow at the Cato Institute resigned from the libertarian think tank on Dec. 15 after admitting that he had accepted payments from indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff for writing op-ed articles favorable to the positions of some of Abramoff's clients. Doug Bandow, who writes a syndicated column for Copley News Service, told BusinessWeek Online that he had accepted money from Abramoff for writing between 12 and 24 articles over a period of years, beginning in the mid '90s."

I am stunned and disappointed. I love Doug's work but, I must admit, I only read him on occasion and only when he addressed a topic of direct interest to me. His columns on Indian tribes, which seem to be the focus of the pay-for-play op-eds, would not have fallen into that category. If I did read any of the columns in question and thought anything was amiss, I'd have assumed that he was off his game that day.

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