A Politician Just Accidentally Confirmed Our Suspicions About How Washington Works

“…McAllister just openly acknowledged that members of Congress expect to receive campaign contributions in return for votes on legislation.

While speaking at the Northeast Chapter of Louisiana CPAs, McAllister told a story about how “money controls Washington,” according to the Ouachita Citizen, describing how many in D.C. approach their work as a “steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right.”

Discussing a bill related to the Bureau of Land Management, which he voted against, McAllister shared that an unnamed colleague promised he would receive a contribution from the conservative Heritage Foundation if he voted against the bill.

“I played dumb and asked him, ‘How would you vote?'” McAllister said during the talk. “He told me, ‘Vote no and you will get a $1,200 check from the Heritage Foundation. If you vote yes, you will get a $1,000 check from some environmental impact group.'”

According to McAllister, the answer came as a surprise. (He now insists he was taken out of context.) The original Ouachita Citizen story quickly blew up on Reddit, where commentators debated whether this activity would constitute corruption in the eyes of the FBI…”

 

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by | June 11, 2014 · 6:13 pm

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