The New York Times February 11, 2007
Congress Finds Ways to Avoid Lobbyist Limits DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The 110th Congress controlled by the Democrats came in like a horse with it’s tail on fire and made a bunch of new laws and regulation. Their famous “100 Hours”. Right up top was lobbying reform. No more could lobbyist treat a Congressman to a steak dinner or a ride in a company jet or any other form of gift giving. Boy the law was being laid down and Congressman who sold their vote were going to be slapped back in line. From here on out the only thing a Congressman could take from a lobbyist was a campaign contribution. There! That’ll get ‘em!
So what do our ever inventive Congress people do? They have all lobbyist make payments to their political fund raising committee for anything and everything they can think of and then their ticket or the event is paid for out of the campaign war chest, and of course lobbyist are invited guests. No problem. They still get the money, and maybe even more than before and they don’t break any rules, regulations or laws.