1 Billion Worth of Influence

Billion Worth of Influence How a shaky businessman put five Senators in his corner

Hardly any time elapses between the onset of a political scandal in Washington and the search for the smoking gun. No one is culpable until such explicit proof is found, and it hardly ever is: the cagey Washington player wipes off his fingerprints and heaves the weapon into the river.

That is why the scandal involving five U.S. Senators and the Arizona businessman who gave them more than $1 million is tantalizing: the smoking gun is being waved for all to see. Charles Keating is a former owner of California's Lincoln Savings and Loan and a defendant in a lawsuit involving...

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