The Congressman Who Created His Own Deep State. Really.

By Zach Dorfman, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, published in Politico Magazine.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that 2018 is a uniquely worrying moment in America’s great, clamorous experiment with representative government. And you wouldn’t be entirely wrong.

Loose talk of a “deep state” seeking to undermine the Trump administration and its allies has entered the political mainstream. Outlandish as the charge might be, we shouldn’t be surprised: Conspiratorial thinking has long had a grip on American politics, and warping effects.

This is the story of one such example: When he feared communists were infiltrating America, Larry McDonald took extreme measures — building his own intelligence-gathering arm.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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