Will The Hill now cancel its American Conservative Union column?

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Because apparently it's for sale to the highest corporate bidder.

Politico reports today that the influential ACU solicited a $2-3 million payment from FedEx in return for the "grassroots" group's support:

The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group's endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.

For the $2 million plus, ACU offered a range of services that included: "Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU's Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU's board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)"

Talk about naked pay-for-play. The fact that that goes on is one of the worst kept secrets on K Street. But the arrogance of the ACU's demand does seem shocking. And more troubling is the idea that Hill columnist David Keene may be in the business of auctioning off his efforts to the highest bidder.

How will The Hill justify publishing Keene's column in the future?

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