Perhaps you remember Krystal Ball, the political analyst who used to appear regularly on MSNBC, but no longer. Where'd she go, and what's she been up to? A pretty good scam.
When the People’s House Project launched last May, founder Krystal Ball billed it as an organization that would defy old conventions and show Democrats a new model for winning campaigns. The former MSNBC host said her political action committee would support longshot candidates who embraced economic populism and lacked a political background — the kind of office-seekers who normally don’t receive support from party leaders.
But thus far, nobody has benefited more financially from the group than Ball herself. Of the $445,000 Ball raised for the group, she paid herself more than a third of that — $174,000.... The majority of her salary — $104,000 — came in the first three months of this year alone.
Now for the humorous part: "When first contacted, Ball said McClatchy’s questions were sexist and added that she was writing her own story about why male reporters were focusing on women’s salaries instead of men’s." She soon realized the futility of playing offense. "Later, she said that although she continued to think the initial questions were sexist in origin, she said she welcomed the scrutiny of her group."
The genius of Ball's project is that her "help" goes mostly to Democratic congressional candidates in untargeted districts, which means these candidates are almost certain to lose. Thus they are also candidates who are less educated in the racket of politics, which makes it easier to peel them.