Culture of Corruption

How do entrenched, corrupt Democratic Congressmen extract money from lobbyists? Through an old-fashioned shakedown. If you want to see how crude the Democrats’ techniques are, listen to the voicemail message that Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton left for a D.C. lobbyist.

I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. And, I think it must have been me who hasn’t, frankly, uh, done my homework to ask for a contribution earlier. So I’m trying to make up for it by asking for one now, when we particularly, uh, need, uh contributions, particularly those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds.

This is the sort of rampant corruption that Americans across the political spectrum are rising up against this year.