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This Is Where The Corruption Starts And How Congress Is Bought And Paid For. You Should Be Surprised, The Informed Won't Be.

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I have written before about how the House and Senate have, well SPECIAL privlidge.

Health Insurance coverage that we couldn’t afford even if it was available to us.

Or how about the people that make the laws that move the stock market are exempt from insider trading laws.

I can just picture the gang on the hill as they walk through the halls.

Hay Peter we are voting on this bill today on the Military Package to Boeing you may want to pick up some stock. And thats how it works, in passing I caught an article on members of all these Committtees, like the one thats been on T V the last few days.

Did you know they have to pay dues to get on one and it’s not $100.00 or even $1,000.00 bucks.

Try over $100,000 or $450,000 and this is paid for by the lobbyists to hope to gain some “SPECIAL”access.  Like I write in the heading am I surprised, not at all. I am surprised that nobody knows.

Congressional ‘dues’ help garner good committee assignments


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Members are charged “dues” for good committee assignments, and more if they hope to become committee chairs.

How surprised, or bothered, would you be to learn that members of Congress are expected to, in addition to constantly raising funds for their own re-election campaigns, also raise six-figure sums as “dues” to their party campaign committees in order to secure good committee assignments?

First of all, it’s not a what-if. It’s true. Members are charged “dues” for good committee assignments, and more if they hope to become committee chairs.

Last week, a friend passed along this clipabout a new book by Freedom Caucus Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado in which Buck cites the charging of “dues” as an example of how “money rules Washington” and U.S. politics. I haven’t read the whole book. In the clip linked above, Buck, a second-term congressman, …

 recounts in detail the contributions that House Republicans are expected to forward to their campaign arm as dues to serve on congressional committees. Lesser committee spots, such as the Judiciary panel, will set a freshman lawmaker back $220,000, Buck writes, while ‘A’ committees, such as Ways and Means, require dues of $450,000.

Naturally, the members of Congress raise their “dues” from well-heeled interests and you’d have to be pretty naïve not to assume that the lobbyists are happy to buy a little extra “access” to and gratitude from those who will sit on key committees.

By the way, although the example comes from a Republican, the practice is bipartisan and neither surprising nor horrifying to a close observer like Congress expert Kathryn Pearson, who professes on political science for the University of Minnesota. She saw the issue in a larger perspective.

The more Pearson and I discussed what Rep. Buck had disclosed the more it seemed a reasonable extension of other things we already know about the money/politics continuum.

Of course the leaders of both parties in Congress have a legitimate interest in raising money for the committees, like the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose job it is to help members of the party win their races so the party can maintain, or acquire, majority status in either house of Congress.

The party leaders, who generally have relatively safe seats of their own, are quite reasonably interested in raising funds for the party committees and incentivizing the members of their caucuses to raise funds for those committees as well. One way to incentivize along those lines is to reward successful fundraisers with good committee assignments and even chairmanships. And those assignments are in the leaders’ control.

So yes, Pearson said, if you look at the numbers there is a clear correlation between members who raise funds for the party campaign committees and members who get assigned to the more influential and desirable committees.

Committee chairs certainly are expected to raise more money than nonchairs, she said. But, of course, those moneyed interests hoping to ingratiate themselves to powerful members of Congress have a strong incentive to be generous with donations requested by a chair. So, among the reasons that chairs give more to the party committees is that it’s easier for them to raise the money.

A top goal of the leader is to help his party get, or keep, majority status (that certainly makes sense), and it’s a goal that he or she presumably shares with all members of the party caucus. Those who raise a lot for the party committees may be rewarded with a good committee assignment, but the those who represent hotly contested districts may also get good assignments, even if they aren’t major fundraisers for the party committees, but because it’s in the party’s overall interest to help that member get re-elected.

It might be a little more outrageous if we saw some senior member who was a good and valuable member of a committee with expertise in the committee’s subject matter but who lost his seat on the committee because he had failed to raise enough for the NRCC or the DCCC. But that is pretty close to unheard of, Pearson said.

So, please decide for yourself how outrageous it is for party leaders to assign “dues” to members seeking good committee assignments. To me, the practice remains troublesome not for its own sake but as one more reflection of how messed up the U.S. money-politics nexus is. (It’s much better in most developed democracies, where they manage to have “free speech” without allowing infinite campaign spending to swamp so many basic concepts of democracy.)

This my friends I happen to find criminal. Mr Gowdy, whom I happen to like was on 3 and chair of 1 we are talking about close to $1,000,000. This is beyond comprehension.

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    • Slimey

      This is what the Dark State is all about. Owing allegiance to EVIL. They, up there, go along with it. Never questioning, only believing in its corruption, which they will up hold as normal.

      That is how EVERYONE of them voted for the Kenyan sodomite and Negro. Not one questioned who the Negro was and if he was qualified to be your “king”.

      They have corrupted themselves to the core. But that’s not the bad part. The bad part is you all believe in them and what they say and tell you what to do. They make your laws up there and you just blindly follow them.

      FYI you are being complicit with their crimes. That is why you will be punished too. In the coming tribulation and mark of the beast. :twisted:


        Me? I have been writing and exposing the corruption for well over 8 years, which is why in fact most of my friends think i’m nuts. They are all so transparent I can’t believe more can’t see it. When people start talking about the bible I know how uninformed they are as it is just one more tool of the elite to control humanity and that is why the prophecy that this pedophile Francis is said to be the last pope. Do your home work and you will find out who wrote the bible 600 years after christs death.


          On August 25 325 in Nicea, now part of Turkey a group was called by Constitine to decide what would and would not go in the bible and how best to control the masses.

          • Slimey

            Certain truths about the Bible and translations are coming out now. In the latter days it says “knowledge shall increase”.

            Some say this also means the TRUTH about the Bible. I know some translations are CORRUPT and some are making it known via the Internet and many people are becoming more “knowledgeable” about it.

            The Catholic church is the very Church Yahusha warned about that would deceive the masses. And they even call it that! :wink:

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