Eyes on the Prize

Meanwhile, our esteemed seamy legislators, finding nothing in more important to do with their time, are taking expensive vacations on the lobbyists’ dime.

What’s that, you say? You thought lobbyists were banned from bribing lawmakers since 2007? Your naiveté is so cute. You didn’t think they’d fail to find a loophole, did you?

A Loophole Allows Lawmakers to Reel In Trips and Donations

Congress, after a corruption scandal that involved golf trips to Scotland and other getaways paid for by lobbyists, passed legislation in 2007 prohibiting lobbyists from giving lawmakers gifts of just about any value. But as is the norm in Washington, the lawmakers and lobbyists have figured out a workaround: Political campaigns and so-called leadership PACs controlled by the lawmakers now pay the expenses for the catering and the lawmakers’ lodging at these events — so they are not gifts — with money collected from the corporate executives and lobbyists, who are still indirectly footing the bill.

You can always trust the Ruling Class to put their efforts on the important stuff.

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