One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm. The man who protected the Navy money? Lewis.
There is a chance that Rep. Lewis (R-Ca) may have been interested in protecting this project without the $110,000.00 contribution. There is a chance that Cerberus Capital Management (A NY, not a California company) would want to contribute money to a California based Representative. But to think that a quid-pro-quo may not be involved is very naive.
Yesterday the Republicans introduced a 'reform' plan that had loophole the size of Wyoming, that would have allowed the current system to continue. Today the Democrats have released their ideas. It will be interesting to see of they are any more interested in real reform.
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