US & State Congress Members spend more time Telemarketing than Legislating

When I Found Out How Members Of Congress Really Spend Their Time, I Just About Threw Up

[7/11/17  MICHAEL SNYDER]  Did you know that many members of Congress spend three or four hours a day “dialing for dollars” in cramped call centers that both parties have set up in Washington? I promised that I would keep all of you updated on what I am learning as I run for Congress, and what I learned the other day just about had me losing my lunch. I always imagined members of Congress spending long hours in their offices working on legislation and other important matters, but the truth is that most members of Congress are little more than glorified telemarketers at this point. Winning the next election is everything for most of these Congress critters, and so they spend far more time making cold calls to potential donors than doing anything else.

Have you ever had a politician call you up in the middle of the day begging for money? It is an absolutely disgraceful thing to do, but the truth is that money is the number one factor in determining election outcomes, and so our professional politicians have an endless appetite for it.

Every two years, more than a billion dollars is spent on congressional elections, and those that are masters at raising money just keep winning over and over again. Something desperately needs to be done to fix our fundamentally flawed system, but neither party seems to have any desire to take the money out of politics.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives will only be in session for 147 days this year. But even on those days, members of Congress are not exactly spending much time doing what they were elected to do.

During an interview with 60 Minutes, U.S. Representative Rick Nolan told Norah O’Donnell that members of Congress are expected to spend about 30 hours a week “dialing for dollars” in their respective call centers…

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Redefining Lobbying as Bribery: DC Code §§ 22–704 Corrupt influence- officials.

Under DC Code §§ 22-704, lobbying could be considered a crime -and the politicians that engage with lobbyists- guilty of Bribery.  There is no conviction necessary, it is the act that makes these politician “guilty” by the definition of the law.  A conviction might only be necessary to STOP these politicians and lobbyists from continuing.

Essentially, these people claim that lobbying is above board because they have turned it into a job; and all parties gain from the transactions except the people who fund such illicit bribery lobbying.  Such pay to play politics is/was essentially through and through the entirety of DC. Hillary Clinton’s pay to play in the State Department was only the most public instance.   Besides Hillary Clinton loaning herself money to try to buy the Presidency, Donald Trump used debt to literally buy the presidency for exactly nothing, mere debt.

Here is the Text of DC Code §§ 22-702

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