In an interview with Parade Magazine, which appeared over the weekend, CREW's Melanie Sloan was asked: What do you think is the best way to curb political corruption?
The culture in Congress is that it’s acceptable to trade assistance for campaign contributions. That’s why I’m a big proponent of public campaign financing. Without it, politicians spend so much time raising money. Until we break the link between legislation and donations, we’ll never fix that problem.
Anyone who says there's not a culture that finds it acceptable to trade assistance for campaign contributions should read this article in Roll Call. Because this article features a lobbyist talking quite bluntly about investing in House Republicans. And, that, of course, means campaign contributions. Those "investments" matter:
K Street is starting to see red.
With House Republicans poised to make major gains in November and Minority Leader John Boehner working to become the next Speaker, lobbyists are not-so-quietly cozying up to the Ohio Republican.
Several GOP lobbyists said they are advising their clients to try to make inroads with Boehner before the 112th Congress, even though a Republican takeover next year is far from assured.
“House Republicans will matter more in November because we are going to pick up quite a few seats,” said Quinn Gillespie & Associates lobbyist Marc Lampkin, a former Boehner Congressional aide. “Being bullish on Republicans in the House is a good investment right now.”
For many lobbyists, that means advising clients to increase their campaign contributions to Republican incumbents — particularly to vulnerable Members whom Boehner has put at the top of his political priority list.