'Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, despite warnings that such actions could create ethics problems,' the Washington Post reports.
'The campaign donations often came from contributors with major stakes riding on the lawmakers' actions.'
'But ethics watchdogs complain that, in a race for money to help them win reelection, lawmakers routinely ignore congressional ethics rules that urge them to avoid fundraising around the same time that they are making key lawmaking decisions. The rules say that such sensitive timing could give the appearance that donors are improperly influencing decisions.'"
Never let ethics stand in the way of money or reelection, right?
We NEED real campaign finance reform. Big money has way, way, way too much influence in our political process.
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