Access Granted

The National Republican Congressional Committee is looking to raise big bucks at its annual President's Dinner, and the Washington Post has the scoop on what big donors get in exchange for giving big, and bringing their friends.

In a leaked document, the NRCC lays out its pitch to donors, fundraising tactics, and what different levels of giving can buy -- and of course the individuals and organizations targeted for fundraising asks know what is coming, and how the game is played. All just business as usual:


A major selling point is that the more a donor contributes, the more access to Republican leaders he or she receives in return.

Contributors who give or raise $100,000 are called "co-chairmen" and get to sit at the head table with President Bush. "Vice-chairmen" (who raise $50,000) sit at the head table but with House leaders. Table sponsors ($25,000 givers) do not sit at the head table, but do get a couple tickets to a presidential reception. And so on.

Yes, it's hardly news that a big campaign contribution gets you time at the elbow of important people but it's good to see a reminder of this steady exchange of money for access as motivation to keep pushing for public financing of elections as a way to erase this imbalance.