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Ok, so no one has actually created a kickstarter to see Mitch McConnell, but $10,000 might be what it takes for his constituents to get a private meal, according to this National Journal story:

"Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation.
"The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast."

Ok, so no one has actually created a kickstarter to see Mitch McConnell, but $10,000 might be what it takes for his constituents to get a private meal, according to this National Journal story:

"Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation.

"The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast."

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Why is Mitch McConnell skipping agriculture committee hearings?

Sen. Mitch McConnell “has touted his work for Kentucky farmers on the campaign trail, but back in Washington, he has a trend of skipping out on Senate Agriculture Committee hearings for events unrelated to his home state,” The Hill reports today.

On at least one of these occasions, Mitch McConnell skipped a hearing to raise money with a billionaire.

On March 6th, McConnell skipped confirmation hearings for nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. That same day, he was attending a fundraiser with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and energy industry billionaire Joe Craft

Too often, members of Congress are forced to decide between doing their job and raising money to keep their job. Mitch McConnell has made his choice, but we’re not sure Kentucky voters would agree with it.

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I’m able to raise a lot of money because I am me.

- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), via Lexington Herald-Leader.

And how does he do it? Here’s one way:

"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.”

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New York Daily News:

"[Sen Mitch McConnell’s] campaign has faulted his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundegran Grimes, 35, for lengthy fundraising trips outside Kentucky in Hollywood and New York.
"But McConnell himself has made New York’s Marriott Downtown practically his third home.
He made at least six trips to the Big Apple in first three months of 2014, according to Federal Election Commission records.”

New York Daily News:

"[Sen Mitch McConnell’s] campaign has faulted his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundegran Grimes, 35, for lengthy fundraising trips outside Kentucky in Hollywood and New York.

"But McConnell himself has made New York’s Marriott Downtown practically his third home.

He made at least six trips to the Big Apple in first three months of 2014, according to Federal Election Commission records.”

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Mitch McConnell’s “Sandbag Dinners”

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.”

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Access to Leadership

Via this New York Times story on establishment Republicans fighting back against insurgents, we’re going to take a wild guess and assume it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell who’s threatening donors: 

“I’ve been told by a number of donors to our ‘super PAC’ that they’ve received calls from senior Republican senators,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, which is supporting challengers to Republican incumbents across the country. The message from these donors was blunt: “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership,” Mr. Kibbe said. “So they’re playing hardball.”

Our broken campaign finance system isn’t just about donors getting influence. It’s a cycle of dependency—members of Congress who rely on big donors and the big donors who rely on access to politicians. It’s a no-win situation for everyone else. 

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