In light of the following story, I hereby offer myself up as a paid-for pundit for the cool sum of only $1 million dollars!

I’ve been following the story of Fed-Ex’s inaccurate, anti-union, smear campaign against UPS with some interest:

The clash revolves around legislation that would clear the way for FedEx drivers to organize with the Brotherhood of Teamsters, just as UPS’s drivers are.

FedEx opposed the measure, which was supported by both UPS and the Teamsters, and set up a website titled “brownbailout.com” that accuses UPS of “quietly seeking a congressional bailout designed to limit competition for overnight deliveries, leaving Americans with a less reliable next-day delivery network for critical goods like medicines and essential inventory.”

“Why is megacorporation UPS trying to use its political clout to get a bailout from the U.S. Congress, leaving you to pay the tab?” the FedEx website asks.

What surprised me was that conservatives were weighing in on the side of UPS (and thus of the Teamsters):

But a letter signed by former Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) and the leaders of Americans for Tax Reform, Frontiers for Freedom, the American Conservative Union, 60 Plus, Citizen Outreach, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and the National Taxpayers Union alleges that FedEx is mischaracterizing the situation and unfairly trying to tap into public resentment against federal bailouts to attack its competition.

As far as I can tell, this letter is completely accurate.

Why would wingers be taking the side of unions? Here’s why:

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, then the group’s chairman flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.

For the $2 million plus, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)”

The conservative group’s remarkable demand — black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” — was contained in a private letter to FedEx , which was provided to POLITICO.

Need me to shill for the selflessness and brilliance of the son of a genocidal African dictator? Sold!

Need a calm voice in the storm of a clergy sex scandal involving altar boys, girl scouts, power tools and a Burmese Python? I’m your man!

Act now because operators are standing by.

… sigh …

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  1. schu says:

    How do you think they are going to outspend the democrats? There is no way that they can fill their war chest with 5-25 dollar donations on the internet like the democrats can. Hence they must sell themselves for big ticket corporate sponsors. Just more of the same with the situation ethics that has damaged our country so badly.

  2. DiadTribe says:

    How in the hell is Rushbo, the master of spin, going to deal with this? He will be spinning more plates than ever appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k44uoVm0lPI

    • schu says:

      However he can make the spin to make a buck, remember his goal is not to save the Republican Party, or the USA, his only goal is to make money. When approached from this angle everything he says makes a sick sort of sense.

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