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Expert Sounds Alarm about Phony Political Action Committees

Thomas Hawk

KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper talks with white collar crime expert Steven Weisman, publisher of the on-line consumer bulletin “Scamicide,” about phony political action committees, aka Scam PACs. Who are the shysters behind Scam PACs and how do they differ from legitimate political fundraisers? Who are the victims and what can they do to protect themselves? Before you open your wallet, take a listen and do your research.

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.