"Outsiders" Embrace Beltway Fundraising Culture

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The Washington Post reports on how many incoming Republicans, despite running anti-Washington D.C. campaigns, are embracing the fundraising culture inside the beltway. And Roll Call has a story on "outsider" Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and how he's already courting big bucks from the very "insiders" he ran against.   


From the Washington Post story:


"The lobbyists are all saying, 'Welcome to Washington; let me help pay off your debt,'" said Nancy Watzman, who tracks political fundraisers for the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. "It's particularly interesting when so many of this year's freshmen were running against Washington. But as soon as they get elected, they come to Washington and put out their hand." 


From Roll Call:


Mary Boyle, a spokeswoman for Common Cause, said the flurry of events shows “how quickly and aggressively the fundraising circuit will take over in Washington.”


“These guys aren’t even here yet,” she said, noting that lobbyists are already lining up to try to influence them.


For the Washington Post story, click here.


For the full story in Roll Call, click here.