You have to worry that allowing such income, especially when it is so closely associated with Pombo politically, is a reward.
If a party puts 4 million into a House race, it's really releasing a lot of guns. It shows the importance of the race.
Right now, a number of members are betting on the public losing interest and getting away without any new reforms.
It's been growing in recent years as lobbyists have been closer and closer to campaigns.
There is a real incumbent advantage, because the line between campaigning and Senate duties is very thin.
Indian tribes have become a political force, and they have to be looked at that way with regard to political contributions.
It has to be seen for what it is. This is an industry group supported by the industry to put forward the views of the pharmaceutical industry on this issue.
The idea of 'cronies' has been around for a long time, ... Every president that comes in has a lot of political appointees that they can bring in with them.
The K St. Project really changed some of the fundamental rules of the game,
It's a very volatile situation right now. The avenue for members to raise money is under real scrutiny, and so some members have decided to pull back.
I think they felt the way that many high-tech companies felt that what happened in Washington didn't affect them and that they were outside the political realm.
In the end, what is going to be judged is whether there is enforcement of the laws. The key is disclosure and transparency.
People expect further indictments before November, which may very well be at a lower level. Then prosecutors will see how high they can take it. This is a ticking time bomb and no one knows when it will go off or how far it will detonate.
It's enticing for a lot of them to go over to that side.
I think everybody acknowledges its not working anymore.
They can speak at an event, and as long as the disclaimer is there, it seems like he (McCain) is following the law.
It's a fine line and it really depends on what the contributor knew.
From the local mayor or sheriff all the way up to the president, it means people have a real distrust of their government.
All presidents rely on friends, political cronies and political supporters.
We've all been waiting to see what they do with those complaints, and I think it's positive that they have brought suit.
They're a big player,
If the justices uphold the law, it could mean a major change in how political parties operate,
It's one thing to bring in friends, people you are close to who are qualified for the job. It's another thing for people to be getting the job only because they are friends and they are not qualified for the job.
unusually brazen. ... It shows really poor judgment to put yourself in a position where you are seen as wielding that power for a friend.
We see this after every major disaster or tragedy. People are putting forward their wish lists and saying it's all connected to the hurricane. We saw it after 9-11. Everyone was saying then that it was national security.