Following the corruption trail...
...is never easy. But, I think Mark Felt reminds us to "follow the money."
Washington Republican's have perfected the art of corruption with the K Street Project. A project designed to root out all of the Democrat's from K Street, the famed home of Washington lobbyists. The project has been spearheaded by Tom Delay (who famously opened the books at a meeting and told those who hadn't to pony up or face retribution), Grover Norquist, and Jack Abramoff.
You remember Jack Abramoff, he's the guy that bilked $14M out of the Sag Chips for consulting.
We learn from Molly Ivins, by turning the lobbyists into a Republican Army, congress has become pay to play:
Our congressman, Dave Camp, is at the trough with the rest of the Washington Republicans. Passing legislation not for the good of the people, but for the good of his sugar daddies.
For an overview of the entire Abramoff scandal and its relation to Tom DeLay and the K Street Project -- and what all this means in terms of Washington sleaze -- see an article by Elizabeth Drew, 'Selling Washington,' in the June 23 issue of The New York Review of Books. Drew and other students of Washington corruption conclude what we have here is not so much a difference in kind as in degree of corruption -- but of a degree that's making a difference in everything.
Drew writes, 'The effects of the new, higher level of corruption on the way the country is governed are profound. Not only is legislation increasingly skewed to benefit the richest interests, but Congress itself has been changed. The head of a public policy strategy group told me: 'It's not about governing any more. The Congress is now a transactional institution. ...' The theory that ours is a system of one-person, one-vote, or even that it's a representative democracy, is challenged by the reality of power and who really wields it. (Massachusetts Rep.) Barney Frank argues that 'the political system was supposed to overcome the financial advantage of the capitalists, but as money becomes more and more influential, it doesn't work that way."