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Dis-Spencer

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Loyal readers of this space know that News Hits is always ready to take a well-deserved whack at our state’s beloved junior senator, Spencer Abraham. As luck would have it, the Michigan Democratic Party last week provided a nifty hammer in the form of a new Web site, www.dollarsandspence.com.

The site is chock-full of interesting factoids and interactivity. For example, there is a fun-filled feature titled Abraham: The Game. A special interest is named, followed by a list of different dollar amounts (all in denominations of $100,000 or more.) The challenge is to click on the figure actually given ol’ Spence. Guess incorrectly and you are instructed to go back and try again. Hit the right amount and up pops a quick tutorial describing just how special Spence’s relations are with such civic-minded groups as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Another feature, Spencer for Hire, allows visitors to match up the senator’s votes with actual campaign contributions. And then there’s the Abraham Pop Quiz, which purports to teach viewers that Spence’s "election-year rhetoric doesn’t change a career of voting against Michigan schools."

Sure, it doesn’t match some of the free porn sites News Hits likes to frequent, but it has its moments.

Ann Mullen contributed to News Hits, which is edited by Curt Guyette. He can be reached at 313-202-8004 or cguyette@metrotimes.com

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