Intoxicated on Fundraising

Intoxicated on fundraising

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Ruth Marcus, WASHINGTON POST, 6/2/10. WASHINGTON DC — “You don’t have to drink. You just have to pay.” Has there ever been a better summary of how Washington works — and the need for campaign finance reform — than this line from a 2007 e-mail?

The context: An executive at Innovative Concepts, a small defense contractor, was balking at going to a wine-tasting fundraiser for Rep. Jim Moran. The Virginia Democrat sits on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls defense spending — and the executive’s boss made clear that attendance had nothing to do with the quality of the cabernet. Read More