Monday, April 21, 2003

'The Family' has gone from utter secrecy to complete notoriety in a short period of time. Now there is criticism of the fact (or here or here) that it is the landlord to six members of Congress, who appear to be paying significantly less than market rent. The six are Representatives Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), and Senators John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan). Former Rep. Steve Largent (R-Okla.) also lived there at one point. 'The Family' is here called the 'Fellowship' or the 'Foundation', a suspicious collection of meaningless words, but it is clearly the same group described in the article by Jeffrey Sharlet. The house is owned by C Street Center, described as a sister organization of the Fellowship. As you might expect, nobody is particularly interested in discussing the matter.