The Spoils System

From Holden:

The Bush administration’s global AIDS program last fall awarded a grant to promote abstinence in African youth to a politically connected Washington advocacy group, even though the expert committee reviewing requests for government money judged the request “not suitable for funding.”


The Children’s AIDS Fund, which has an office in Sterling and a post office box in Washington, is an 18-year-old AIDS service organization that has become a leading proponent of abstinence-based AIDS prevention.

The organization is headed by Anita M. Smith, a writer and researcher whose views on strategies for reducing risky behavior by teenagers were promoted by President Bush during his tenure as Texas governor. In 2002, she was named to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, and last December was appointed co-chairman.