Here is an exclusive first look at a new report that says you can put a price on success when it comes to Congress. The report by “Issue One” exposes the secretive money system in which members of Congress “buy” top spots on the most powerful committees. To raise the money, they often collect from the very interests their committees are supposed to oversee… As an example, ordinary Republicans have six-figure party “dues.” But it takes more to make the ranks of leadership… Sharyl: How much does a committee chairmanship cost? Nick Penniman of “Issue One”: So, if you want
Comments: This article written by Sharyl Attkisson directs us to this report, which contains both a video and a transcript from the program, Full Measure, of which Sharyl Attkisson is the host and interviewer. The video and interview transcript, provided by the Full Measure Staff, appear here: http://fullmeasure.news/news/cover-story/price-of-power
The information about the vast amounts of money that are both expected and exchanged by members of Congress is astonishing and chilling in its implications.
This is a legacy of John Boehner´s. Not only do the republican members have to pay ´dues´, they have to buy their committee seats, any chairmanships on those committees and IIRC, even the Speaker of the House costs a great deal of money. Even when we give money directly to our candidate, the RNC ´extorts´ a big chunk of that money from the pocket of the candidate.
Our congress has been for sale for a LONG time, and if Trump could clean that part of the swamp up, I suspect we would have far less corruption in congress.
This information first came out right after Boehner lost his Speakership and resigned. Bravo to Sharyl for keeping this front and center again.
Observe carefully that none of the 535 members have ever said anything about this. It does explain how incompetent and unscrupulous hacks like Reid, Boehner, Pelosi, Schumer, and others attain and hold power.
A government of the people, by the people and for the people is long gone. Short of a full blown revolution, I dont know how to fix it, because the deck is firmly stacked against the producers and tax payers.
Just keep sending in 25+% of your income, sit down and shut up.
This is news to me and I thought I followed politics pretty closely. On I guess a related topic, they said that the real reason Nancy Pelosi retains her leadership role is her ability to raise huge sums of money for the DNC.
This helps explain why only RINOs get the committee chairmanships. Liberal dems and republicrats don´t give a rats petard about the direction they are taking our country in. They only care about power. Their own personal power. Thats all that matters to them.
And THEY are the ones who are currently advising our newly elected President for the next 4 years.
#14 The title of the book by Colorado Rep, Ken Buck is , Drain the Swamp: How Washington is Worse Than You Think, co-authored with Bill Blankschaen.
"Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. Welcome to Washington, D.C., the swamp that President Donald Trump was elected to drain.
Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation´s capital. Elected in 2014 as president of one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever to enter Congress, Buck immediately realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn´t because of political gridlock—in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.
"It is an insular process directed by power-hungry party elites who live like kings and govern like bullies," Buck reports.
Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress continually prioritize short-term political gain over lasting, principled leadership. When Buck tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even denied dining room privileges by the petty beltway bullies.
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