If you are like me, you wonder what this laziest of all Congresses is doing during their many breaks, vacations, and vapid debates on wedge issues. Here is one answer: the pseudo-caucus. Unlike real caucuses, that have legitimate legislative agendas eg, say, the Black Caucus, the pseudo-caucus exists only as an organizing point for lobbyists, who can give unlimited and anonymous contributions to provide whatever
slush funds, gifts, outings, sluts, limos, hookers, Guckerts, poker games, shooting tournaments, boondoggles, junkets fact-finding programs they like. Some congressmen belong to dozens of these clubs.
There was no public accounting for the special interest money. No talk about votes or hearings back at the Capitol. Just the hollers of “pull” and the pop, pop, pop of shotguns aiming for clay targets flying through the sun-filled sky.
The sportsmen’s caucus is one of hundreds of informal lawmaker clubs that have sprung up in the Capitol to advocate special causes with little public accountability.
Congress has allowed the caucuses to be affiliated with foundations that can raise unlimited amounts of money from special interests to finance social events and activities without having to disclose expenses or donations – as lawmakers must for campaigns, political action committee and other groups.
That means no scrutiny by ethics enforcers, campaign finance regulators or the public.
The Associated Press surveyed Congress, identifying more than 500 such clubs and their members. Caucus events financed by special interests ranged from golf tournaments to Caribbean trips, AP found.
Bagman’s paradise. Tom DeLay must have dreamed up this beauty.