Paul Kiel’s got some more details about Rep. Ryun’s (R-KS) sweetheart real estate deal. Short version: his answers to the AP raise even more questions. Rep. Ryun doesn’t seem to want to address the fact that he apparently negotiated the deal with the now-disgraced lobbying firm Alexander Strategy Group.
So, member of Congress purchases a house from a lobbying firm, doesn’t use a realtor but negotiates the deal privately. Final price about a hundred grand under market value. Sounds clean to me.
(ed.note: To the AP, guys, Paul’s got some more material available to steal if you guys are still game.)
Late Update: Rep. Ryun’s hometown paper, the Topeka Capital-Journal picks up the Ryun story (registration req.)