They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker
They weren't lobbied by the USFN? The USFN wasn't even a lobbying organization. Buckham's Alexander Strategy Group was, though. USFN's Chris Geeslin told us that "ASG was in charge of marketing the townhouse." Buckham used the USFN as his slush fund. So more to the point is whether ASG ever lobbied Ryun. What does Ryun have to say about that? (His office didn't immediately reply to our call, and anyway there's no reason to believe they'll start returning our calls now.)
And to the specifics about the house sale. They avoided using a realtor, and as it sounds from Ryun's narrative of events, entered into private negotiations with ASG. Were there any other bidders for such a prime piece of real estate? Somehow I'm not assured they really arrived at "fair market value."
Even considering the "structural deficiency" Ryun says they found in the house ($20,000 to fix), and the fact that USFN was spared the cost of an agent's commission (around, they say, $24,600), the house appears to have been undervalued by around $60,000.
And then there's this:
To bolster his argument, Ryun's office released documents showing that another home on the same block was sold for $409,000 on the same day he bought his home. Property records show the other home is on a land area about half the size of Ryun's and is now assessed at $236,000 less than Ryun's home.
If there's a good explanation for his deal, Ryun hasn't provided it yet.