Just a heads up for those interested in such things and who had not yet heard. CBS News will apparently be airing an investigative piece on Rep. Buyer’s Frontier Foundation tonight.
The short version is that the Frontier Foundation, ostensibly a charity to provide scholarships to Hoosier students, got a lot of love from corporate lobbyists with business before the U.S. Congress generally, and Rep. Buyer specifically. Initially, Rep. Buyer claimed not to have much to do with the Foundation. When details emerged that showed that claim to be ridiculous (the Foundation shared office space and employees with his campaign), he changed course and admitted to being deeply involved. Details also emerged that the Foundation mainly raised money through golf outings and wasn’t too keen on actually providing scholarships. Rep. Buyer claimed that he was just trying to amass enough cash to make the Foundation sustainable and was saddened that he was suffering slings and barbs for trying to do a little good in the world while enduring golf trips to nice places.
Update: Oddly, while I think the Frontier Foundation is sketchy, I also thought the CBS editing was unfair. They introduced the segment with a clip of Buyer getting up to leave which made it look like he was running out on the interview, which he wasn’t. They also showed that he voted for various things favoring the industries that contributed to the Foundation. I don’t think it’s that easy. I tend to think that Rep. Buyer would have voted along with Big Tobacco, et al. regardless of contributions to the Foundation.
Update #2TPM Muckraker has a pretty good run down of the interview.