Saturday, April 7, 2012

pancakes and politics

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.

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