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“As all good fundraisers know, it takes money to make money,” noted Adrian Vallens, a blogger for the watchdog group.

SECOND AMENDMENT LOGIC

“We can arm Al Qaeda in Syria sans background check but Americans here can’t carry.”

— Radio host Dana Loesch, in a tweet.

A TOAST TO MR. O’KEEFE

James O’Keefe, the intense videographer who revealed less than equitable practices at the poverty activism group Acorn and founded the citizen journalist group Project Veritas, has written a tell-all book of his experiences, titled “Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy.” Because Mr. O’Keefe is not a typical journalist, his book release party will not be typical either. He’ll be feted Friday at a rooftop bar in the nation’s capital “with world-class specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres off the woodfire grill,” and as a separate course, perhaps, Mr. O’Keefe is promising to reveal what he knows about “Obama phones,” according to a source..

“James — who was recently released from federal probation and promises to release his new investigation into the federal government this month — will be signing copies of his book and celebrating his 29th birthday and newly minted freedom,” says the organizers, who also note that guests will “chat with James, dance, catch up with friends, and enjoy summer solstice outside with great company.”

POLL DU JOUR

54 percent of Americans say the U.S. government should pursue a criminal case against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden; 59 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats agree.

53 percent overall say government collection of phone data has helped prevent terrorist attacks; 52 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats agree.

49 percent overall say the release of the classified NSA data “serves the public interest”; 49 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats agree.

44 percent overall say the release “harms the public interest”; 45 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats agree.

38 percent overall say the government should not pursue a criminal case against Mr. Snowden; 37 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,532 U.S. adults conducted June 12-16.

Hoots, hollers and ballyhoo to jharper@washingtontimes.com.