Posts tagged Congress
Posts tagged Congress
Want to know how Washington works? Here’s an example from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (via CNN):
His team built a fundraising strategy around that strength in the run-up to the last two elections. They invited Republican lobbyists to dinner with McConnell in a private room at Carmine’s, a family-style Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, with no apparent price of admission. But after spaghetti and meatballs, McConnell thanked everyone for coming, told them he needed them to contribute the maximum allowable in personal money ($30,800 in 2012) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and then sat back and waited. What followed was a long, pained silence, one of McConnell’s preferred negotiating tools. Then, one after another, attendees acquiesced. Organizers called these “the sandbag dinners.”
It’s cold in DC, but the chase for campaign cash is always hot:
"It’s the height of season, and not just for snowbirds enjoying Florida while it’s still cold up north. In the political world, it’s the season for raising money."
"Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are attractive for raising political cash because they’re home to so many deep-pocketed Democratic and Republican donors. But this time of year brings even more part-time, deep-pocketed contributors, and candidates are hoping to persuade them to open their checkbooks.”
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) spoke on the House floor with colleagues Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) about their support for the Government By the People Act, legislation that would raise the voices of everyday people in the political process by empowering small dollar donors.. Watch their speeches and learn more about the bill.
Interesting new experiment that tested emails to members of Congress— one saying donors wanted meetings, another saying constituents want meetings:
"The results: Only 2.4 percent of the offices made the member of Congress or chief of staff available when they believed those attending were just constituents, but 12.5 percent did when they were told the attendees were political donors.
"Also, nearly one in five of the donor groups got access to a senior staffer, while just 5.5 percent of the constituent groups did. That means the donors had more than three times the access to top staffers than the constituents.”
So why are Rep. Dave Camp’s colleagues upset about his tax reform plan being released this week?
“Top Republicans tell us that a huge part of the anger about the plan’s release is that some of the industries that may be hit – financial services, real estate, oil and gas, include big donors who could curb their support for the party in midterms.”
This doesn’t really seem like the best way to decide public policy.
Rock your body, Congressmen.