The Voyager Universal literacy program received $2.7m in federal funding for the public school systems in Washington DC and New Orleans. The funds were earmarked by Sen Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sharyl Attkisson told us for CBS' Follow the Money. "There are mixed reviews on how well the Voyager reading program works," Attkisson conceded, while Landrieu styled herself as "an advocate for public education." Shortly after the earmark, Voyager founder Randy Best organized campaign fundraisers for Landrieu that ended up netting her $80,000. Best told Attkisson that the fundraisers were "completely proper and fully disclosed." Attkisson commented that Landrieu and Best "have had a mutually beneficial relationship for years."
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