What you’re seeing here is what happens when a pharmaceutical industry, through lobbying and campaign contributions and influence buying, gets a program that it wants. What the industry lobbied against was any type of uniform system, and they very much got free rein over what they were going to offer and how they were going...
A lot of people tend to vote for their economic interest. So doctors see their interests more aligned with the Republicans, believing that Democrats favor more of a standardized health care plan, while 86 percent of those in movie production give to Democrats.
The reality is that it is mainly a Republican scandal for several reasons.
These are people who want to be close to the governor and they’re buying access. Their business interests are tied up with his political agenda. And when he spends a lot of time raising money from wealthy donors, their interests are going to be the focus of discussions and he’s going to be thinking about...
In most cases, it’s a discrete amount of money [involved] – it’s not the entire campaign war chest. You are usually talking about a small percentage of the total campaign fund, in which case it’s not practical to return the money because you can’t figure out whose money it was that was misused.
As a fund-raising strategy, it makes sense. As a matter of ethics, it looks terrible.
It’s a fine line and it really depends on what the contributor knew.
The K St. Project really changed some of the fundamental rules of the game,
DeLay set a new benchmark for fund raising and that’s not going to go away.
There is no way this is good for him. How bad it will be will depend on what else we see happen.