Money makes people do strange things, especially in Washington.
The for profit universities, Kaplan etc, have positives and negatives. On the one hand they offer a college product to people who want it. On the other hand these for-profit universities pretty much survive thanks to easy federal student aid. Though private, the money which flows to the for-profits (often) is not.
Many liberal groups have challenged the for-profit colleges for a number of reasons. Some in our opinion are pretty legitimate and other reasons less so. Regardless there is plenty of shadiness in the sector and it deserves to be watched closely.
Below Tim Carney reports on a group which broke from the progressive herd to defend the for-profits. Though breaking from the herd, especially from the “progressive” herd, is often a good thing, in this instance it might not be so laudable.
(From The Washington Examiner)
A liberal corruption watchdog group broke with its ideological brethren to defend the for-profit college industry from regulatory assault. Meanwhile, it was apparently receiving money indirectly from a leader in that industry.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is a liberal nonprofit group founded by Melanie Sloan, a former top Democratic aide to the House Judiciary Committee. CREW rails against Washington corruption, training fire on both parties but tilting decidedly left.