I was surprised to learn, from a study by the Sunlight Foundation, that more political fundraising -- almost 25% -- is done over breakfast than at any other time or in any other venue. Rubber chicken dinners account for only 10% of the fund-raising, though "receptions" account for 22%. Also high on the list [24%] are the myriad of other events, ranging from hunting trips and golf tournaments to birthday celebrations and St. Patrick's Day events.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is considering a new ethics rule on Executive Branch officials that would deny them the ability to participate in "widely attended" events sponsored by lobbyists.
Thus endeth the free lunch.