Insight: In Washington, lawmakers' ro...

Insight: In Washington, lawmakers' routines shaped by fundraising

There are 19 comments on the Reuters story from Jun 12, 2013, titled Insight: In Washington, lawmakers' routines shaped by fundraising. In it, Reuters reports that:

For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant.

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Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#1 Jun 12, 2013
At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate lunch with lobbyists in a Capitol Hill town house. The day might wrap up in an arena sky box in downtown Washington, watching a basketball game with donors.

In between, there is "call time" - up to four or five hours a day for lawmakers in tough re-election campaigns - in telemarketing-style cubicles a few hundred yards from the Capitol. The call centers, set up by the Democratic and Republican parties, allow lawmakers to chase the checks that fuel campaigns without violating rules that ban fundraising from their offices

Top Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner oppose further limits on campaign fundraising, arguing that they would violate the constitutional right to free speech.

"Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about," McConnell said last year in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

"People who are being cold-called by members of Congress are people who have a lot of money to give," said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. "Their concerns are not,'Can I find a job,' their concerns are,'How much am I going to be taxed?'"

Few lawmakers are willing to talk about the amount of time they devote to raising money, largely out of concern they might alienate voters or donors

No, not that.

Why things never get done.
Oath of Office

Aledo, IL

#2 Jun 12, 2013
To Protect and defend the Constitution? Yeah... Right... these self serving bastards are to busy sucking up to anyone or any organization willing to throw some money their way while we are a Nation governed by an unelected bureaucracy and Staffers who inform the money grubbers on who, what, why and when to vote on an issue while bringing them out at the appropriate time. Lights! Camera! Action! And... Oh yeah, you can forget about The Constitution, especially since we have a Constitutional Lawyer in The White House.
Gravediggers

Boynton Beach, FL

#4 Jun 12, 2013
hmmm, and what does President Obama do?

F U N D R A I S E!

and we, the taxpayers, PAY for his fundraising
fatbacks x

Colville, WA

#6 Jun 12, 2013
All elected and appointed "officials" are dysfunctional squatters feeding at the public trough.Most all are boils and leeches on the a-- of society!They think they are rock stars appearing and blithering on the corporate media of whom which along with wall street are their puppetmasters.
fatbacks x

Colville, WA

#7 Jun 12, 2013
Gravediggers wrote:
hmmm, and what does President Obama do?
F U N D R A I S E!
and we, the taxpayers, PAY for his fundraising
Not unlike every other useless politician.It's a money making occupation where your where rathole is now defined as "THEIR POCKET". Someday they'll succeed in their war against us golden geese who finance their horse s---, but then there's always heli benny and the dumb s--- world that believes in the dollarski.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#8 Jun 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate lunch with lobbyists in a Capitol Hill town house. The day might wrap up in an arena sky box in downtown Washington, watching a basketball game with donors.
In between, there is "call time" - up to four or five hours a day for lawmakers in tough re-election campaigns - in telemarketing-style cubicles a few hundred yards from the Capitol. The call centers, set up by the Democratic and Republican parties, allow lawmakers to chase the checks that fuel campaigns without violating rules that ban fundraising from their offices
Top Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner oppose further limits on campaign fundraising, arguing that they would violate the constitutional right to free speech.
"Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about," McConnell said last year in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
"People who are being cold-called by members of Congress are people who have a lot of money to give," said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. "Their concerns are not,'Can I find a job,' their concerns are,'How much am I going to be taxed?'"
Few lawmakers are willing to talk about the amount of time they devote to raising money, largely out of concern they might alienate voters or donors
No, not that.
Why things never get done.
2014 IS EVERYTHING: Obama to Attend Three Democratic Fundraisers TODAY.....but guarantees he will pivot to jobs some time this year.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#9 Jun 12, 2013
Fundraising. Also known as Bribes and Payoffs.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#10 Jun 12, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
Fundraising. Also known as Bribes and Payoffs.
AF-1 is now known as the Honey Wagon.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#11 Jun 12, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>2014 IS EVERYTHING: Obama to Attend Three Democratic Fundraisers TODAY.....but guarantees he will pivot to jobs some time this year.
Teabaggers pivot from hearings to corporate tax breaks to the 40th vote on repeal the HCA.

41st should be a charm.

They never have pivoted to jobs.

Poor teabagger.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#12 Jun 12, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
Fundraising. Also known as Bribes and Payoffs.
And if teabaggers have their way?

Top Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner oppose further limits on campaign fundraising, arguing that they would violate the constitutional right to free speech.

"Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about," McConnell said last year in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

McTurtle and Boner.

Two of the biggest bribe takers.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#13 Jun 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
And if teabaggers have their way?
Top Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner oppose further limits on campaign fundraising, arguing that they would violate the constitutional right to free speech.
"Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about," McConnell said last year in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
McTurtle and Boner.
Two of the biggest bribe takers.
And the corruption on both sides is while I am a political atheist.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#14 Jun 12, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
<quoted text>
And the corruption on both sides is while I am a political atheist.
I've been seconding that since Clinton.

The lesser of two evils get my vote.

Someone voting FOR someone, not in my lifetime.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#15 Jun 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
Teabaggers pivot from hearings to corporate tax breaks to the 40th vote on repeal the HCA.
41st should be a charm.
They never have pivoted to jobs.
Poor teabagger.
1. Video: Senator Obama debates President Obama on Government ...

www.hyscience.com/archives/2013/06/video_sena... Cached
Back when Obama was the junior Senator from ... Senator Obama debates President Obama on the topic of Government Surveillance:/center Obama's.... Stand Up For ...
BREAKING: CIA deputy director Michael Morell resigns... Developing...

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#16 Jun 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
And if teabaggers have their way?
Top Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner oppose further limits on campaign fundraising, arguing that they would violate the constitutional right to free speech.
"Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about," McConnell said last year in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
McTurtle and Boner.
Two of the biggest bribe takers.
Wall Street gave Obama over 42 billion..........do da do da camp town races sing that song all the live lone day.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#17 Jun 12, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>1. Video: Senator Obama debates President Obama on Government ...
www.hyscience.com/archives/2013/06/video_sena... Cached
Back when Obama was the junior Senator from ... Senator Obama debates President Obama on the topic of Government Surveillance:/center Obama's.... Stand Up For ...
BREAKING: CIA deputy director Michael Morell resigns... Developing...
&#9726;“I think we’ve got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in national building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders.”- George Bush - Oct. 4, 2000

&#9726;“Let me tell you what else I’m worried about: I’m worried about an opponent who uses nation building and the military in the same sentence. See, our view of the military is for our military to be properly prepared to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.”– George Bush - Nov 6, 2000

""Read my lips: no new taxes" is a now-famous phrase spoken by then American presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on August 18".

Former President Ronald Reagan, in testimony made public Thursday, said he had no recollection of ever being told that profits from Iran weapons sales were diverted to the Nicaraguan contras, and that he ``never had any inkling`` White House aide Oliver North was secretly helping the guerrillas.

But his deposition did reveal startling gaps in the memory of the 79-year-old former president. In all, Reagan said ``I don`t recall`` or ``I can`t remember`` 88 times in the eight hours of testimony taken Feb. 16-17 in Los Angeles.

Poor teabagger.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#18 Jun 12, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Wall Street gave Obama over 42 billion..........do da do da camp town races sing that song all the live lone day.
I believe you.

Why would you lie?

Poor teabagger.
sinic

United States

#19 Jun 12, 2013
“There’s a basic psychological principle, that if you associate somebody with pleasure, whether it be a gift or a fancy trip, that you will go out of your way to try and please them, to return the favor,...” Smithy Smith

"It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics."
Robert Byrd

How much did you give your Representative, Senator or President --- maybe you are getting what you paid for.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#22 Jun 13, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
&#9726;“I think we’ve got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in national building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders.”- George Bush - Oct. 4, 2000
&#9726;“Let me tell you what else I’m worried about: I’m worried about an opponent who uses nation building and the military in the same sentence. See, our view of the military is for our military to be properly prepared to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.”– George Bush - Nov 6, 2000
""Read my lips: no new taxes" is a now-famous phrase spoken by then American presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on August 18".
Former President Ronald Reagan, in testimony made public Thursday, said he had no recollection of ever being told that profits from Iran weapons sales were diverted to the Nicaraguan contras, and that he ``never had any inkling`` White House aide Oliver North was secretly helping the guerrillas.
But his deposition did reveal startling gaps in the memory of the 79-year-old former president. In all, Reagan said ``I don`t recall`` or ``I can`t remember`` 88 times in the eight hours of testimony taken Feb. 16-17 in Los Angeles.
Poor teabagger.
By Todd Starnes
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion. So much for the first amendment.

Exclusive: Bombshell memo reveals State Dept hired agents with criminal records.....Hillary hired her buds for sure.
Sheik Yerbouti

Furlong, PA

#23 Jun 13, 2013
If 'dark money' was banned candidates would have to actually focus on the issues! corporations are NOT people! Politicians no longer consider the views of the people that voted for them. They only serve their corporate masters. obama is probably the worst of the lot!

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