Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Money and Truffles

Monday, November 08, 2004

Money and Truffles

Just when I was feeling numbed by incomprehensible financial figures after reading the total amount both campaigns spent on the election, this puppy caught my attention.

Boston Globe:

ROME -- New York restaurateur Francesco Giambelli dished out a record $41,000 for a 2.4-pound prize Italian white truffle, auction organizers said Monday.

The 85-year-old, who owns Giambelli 50th on New York's East Side, beat off an unnamed opponent in Moscow to claim the largest truffle ever to be sold at an auction, auction director Davide Paolini said.

"It was very aggressive," he said. "No one has ever paid this much for a truffle."

I honestly don't know what to say about that. At least the money from the auction goes to charity, which is more than you can say about the money that was spent over the last few years on political advertising. Thankfully, that money goes right back into the pockets of the media corporations and their handy tax shelters. Then they can spend it again in two years on the mid-term elections, get it back once more, and stow it away for the 2008 campaign in off-shore accounts.

Don't you just love the political process?