The legislature reconvenes tomorrow.
That means that the pols rake in the money tonight.
Tonight North Carolina’s Republican and Democratic lawmakers are taking part in what’s become a ritual in Raleigh – the pre-session fundraisers.
Republican House members are gathering in a downtown restaurant, GOP senators in a private home. House Democrats are convening in a downtown office building and senators in a nearby wine shop.
Joining them all will be the usual cohort of lobbyists and political action committees, many making a circuit between events.
Once the short session begins Wednesday at noon, lawmakers will no longer be able to take PAC contributions. (They can never take them from lobbyists.)
It's pay to play, pure and simple. It's sleazy. It's both parties. And we don't know who's paying to play until after their investment pays off.
Jane Pinsky, director of the Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, can live with the fundraisers. But she doesn’t want to have to wait until the next reports are due in July to see who’s influencing legislators in a session that could be over by then.
Ms. Pinsky makes an excellent point. But we part ways with her on living with the fundraisers. We think they suck, and they demonstrate all too well the problem of money in politics.