Thursday, April 23, 2015
Civil Beat: Speaker Souki, Rep. Ward Hold Campaign Fundraisers During Session
by Larry Geller
Civil Beat is on it, I should be able to relax. But I can’t resist this one. In fact, I have thought of a way that constituents might actually benefit from these ethically questionable fundraisers (see box).
House Speaker Joe Souki and Rep. Gene Ward, minority leader emeritus, are holding fundraisers Thursday as the legislative session enters its most critical period.With sine die coming up May 7, state lawmakers have begun the conference committee period when House and Senate negotiators work to resolve differences in bills — or not.
[Civil Beat, Speaker Souki, Rep. Ward Hold Campaign Fundraisers During Session, 4/23/2015]
CB has covered the territory quite well. They noted that the legislature is still in session. Contributors may have matters still awaiting a vote.
In these instances, both lawmakers are at least holding their fundraisers on their own islands. Speaker Souki’s $1,000 suggested contribution is a stunner, though—other than lobbyists or corporations, how many ordinary constituents can afford that? $1,000 is either an investment or a bribe, you choose. Yes, no doubt some individual citizens without an axe to grind can throw around that kind of dough, but they must be very few.
And for his asking price ($100 to $1,000), you’d think that Rep. Ward could at least have picked a more upscale venue!