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Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), appearing on the Fox News Channel. Photo: Screenshot via FoxNews.com.

Former Cantor aides to reward Republicans who vote the right way

Former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have formed a new group that is buying ads on behalf of Republicans who support Cantor’s “priority” issues, essentially offering the Republican leader’s allies a tangible reward in exchange for their votes.

While it is illegal for any member of Congress to exchange anything for a vote, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unmoored political ad spending from any sort of effective regulation, enabling this new scheme to operate with complete legal impunity.

According to a Monday report filed by Politico, the group calls itself YG Network, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting center-right policies and the efforts of policymakers who fight for those policies,” their website explains.

Cantor, along with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and deputy whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), authored the 2010 book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders.”

A YG Network aide who spoke to Politico said that loyalty to McCarthy’s priorities might also trigger ad buys.

The group’s first ad buy is relatively small — about $60,000 — and will focus on eight specific districts where members have supported Cantor and McCarthy’s issues, Politico added.

Written by | Stephen C. Webster

Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.

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