Seen on Craigslist: The Online Market for Senate Seats
Ah, bribery in the age of the Internet. This sort of feels like a Shouts & Murmurs piece.
Found on the Washington classified ads site:
Slightly used Senate Seat - $500000 (WDC)
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 2008-12-09, 9:58PM EST
Slightly used United States Senate seat. Only one owner this term, though rarely present â€” like new. Illinois ties preferred.
Must be willing to barter 1/2 million in monetary compensation, and employment (either government or nonprofit, preferably the latter) for myself and my wife. Iâ€™d like to do this for more than recognition. Please donâ€™t relegate me to the the â€śfreeâ€ť postings. This is too valuable for that.
Union friendly, would not like corporate work (like BofA).
Letâ€™s make sure we do all negotiations by telephone.
Email for more info.
â€śHotâ€ť Rod B.
And one from San Francisco:
Illinois Senate Seat for Sale - $500000 (financial district)
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: 2008-12-09, 12:01PM PST
Iâ€™ve been having a hard time selling this in Illinois, so i thought Iâ€™d give the Bay Area a try. Iâ€™ve got a 2-year U.S. Senate seat open to the highest bidder. For those of you that I have done business with before, itâ€™s going to take a whole lot more than a couple grand and some Hannah Montana tickets for my daughter to buy me off this timeâ€¦
â€¦Call me if youâ€™re interested. And NO prank calls, please! Some guy called me at 6am, saying he was from â€śthe FBIâ€ť to say that thereâ€™s two agents outside my door waiting to arrest me. The nerve of some people to prank call at 6amâ€¦
And from Chicago:
Senate Seat - $8888888 (Washington and Illinois)
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 2008-12-10, 7:46AM CST
Senate seat for sale. Due to unexpected circumstances the previous seller is unable to complete transaction.
If seat becomes unavailable then seller will trade an newspaper photo of Wrigley Field for a reduced price.
Only valid monopoly money will be accepted.
Barack Obamaâ€™s Senate Seat - $999999 (Chicago/DC)
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: 2008-12-09, 9:38PM CST
Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of the most powerful man in the country? Well now is your chance to sit in his seat! President-Elect Barack Obama no longer has any use for this historic piece of furniture, so he passed it along to me. With Christmas coming up, this Senate seat is the perfect gift for the aspiring politician who already has everything (except a seat in the senate). The seat itself is well worn, but still has many years of life in it. Thereâ€™s no way to describe the feeling of looking out from this magnificent piece of furniture. Youâ€™ll just have to see for yourself.
I have no use for the seat as I am looking to purchase a newer model. I would consider trading it for a seat in a private foundation, or a seat in an elegant boardroom for my wife. She deserves it for putting up with me lol.
This is an amazing opportunity and I even considered keeping the seat for myself, but in the end it just isnâ€™t the right one for me. If interested, address your email to Rod and put Senate Seat in the subject. SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY
NO DELIVERY. DC local pick-up only
U S Senate seat - $9999999 (Washington D C)
Reply to: see below
Date: 2008-12-09, 1:32PM CST
For sale to the highest bidder: 1 United States Senate Seat, very lightly used for the last 4 years. Recently vacated by A President Elect. As Governor, I have the supreme right to appoint the successor & am willing to award the seat to the highest bidder. No Federal Investigators, please. Contact Rod B. at:
METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
71 WEST VAN BUREN STREET
CHICAGO, IL 60605
Seen on Craigslist: The Online Market for Senate Seats - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com