Qui Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

On the way to work this morning, I heard an NPR news report that the “good government” group Common Cause was complaining to the IRS about American Legislative Exchange Council’s tax-exempt status. The report and the top- and bottom-of the-hour newscasts tied ALEC to stand-your-ground laws and to the Zimmerman case. I shrugged and put it down to sloppy advocacy masquerading as a news report.

Breitbart reports that Peter Overby, the reporter on the piece, is a former employee of Common Cause. Oh, and the tax expert quoted in the report is with a firm that recently represented Common Cause.


In the interest of full disclosure: I did some contract work for NPR about 30 years ago.

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