WASHINGTON Hustler magazine is looking for some
scandalous sex in Washington again -- and willing to pay for
"Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of
the United States Congress or a high-ranking government
official?" read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry
Flynt's pornographic magazine in Sunday's Washington Post.
It offered $1 million (500,000 pounds) for documented
evidence of illicit intimate relations with a congressman,
senator or other prominent officeholder. A toll-free number and
e-mail address were provided.
The last time Flynt made such an offer was in October 1998
during the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over the
Monica Lewinsky scandal.
In the following months, the pornographic publishing mogul
threatened to expose one or two members of the Republican
Congress pushing for the impeachment, according to media
reports at the time.
That long-awaited expose, published months after Clinton's
trial, dropped no bombshells, according to a 1999 Slate.com
article, but Flynt's efforts played a role in the resignation
of House-speaker designate Bob Livingston of Louisiana.
Flynt's target this time, if he has one, was not