Pay to play with ‘Speaker’ Boehner 

Angst over House GOP fund-raising woes has reduced Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, to a “Boehner for Speaker” marketing gimmick that amounts to a pay-to-play arrangement between the Minority Leader and well-heeled lobbyists. Politico has the story:

According to materials distributed by Boehner’s camp and obtained by POLITICO, lobbyists and other major donors across the country who give the maximum or help raise $100,000 will get meetings with Boehner, calls from senior aides with updates on the campaign and “VIP access to all events, including roundtables, briefings, breakout discussions and interactive panel discussions….”

One brochure proclaims Boehner’s record as “a staunch opponent of pork-barrel politics and backroom deals.” How is promising VIP access to lobbyists in exchange for money not a backroom deal?

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