The Machine That Jesse Built

Fear and computers help the Congressional Club grow rich

It could be the headquarters of any good ol' Southern politician almost anywhere, any time. The cluttered rooms are on the second floor of a Raleigh office building. The folks in charge are soft-spoken and unassuming, shying away from taking credit for any special genius or any real authority. Yet Jesse Helms' Congressional Club is the very model of modern, high-technology politics, a shrewd mating of computers and direct mail. Helms and his minions have built what amounts to their own nationwide political machine. It...

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