Want to know how Washington works? A recent story Sen. Mitch McConnell on CNN, sheds some light on the shadier side of Washington politics:
"His team built a fundraising strategy around that strength in the run-up to the last two elections. They invited Republican lobbyists to dinner with McConnell in a private room at Carmine's, a family-style Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, with no apparent price of admission. But after spaghetti and meatballs, McConnell thanked everyone for coming, told them he needed them to contribute the maximum allowable in personal money ($30,800 in 2012) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and then sat back and waited. What followed was a long, pained silence, one of McConnell's preferred negotiating tools. Then, one after another, attendees acquiesced. Organizers called these "the sandbag dinners."
This excerpt detailing a modern day shake down is now only the tip of the iceberg. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, these lobbyists will now face pressure to much more money, as aggregate contribution limits were thrown out. As CNN notes, "it will destroy the excuse of any lobbyists who had already reached the aggregate limit that while they'd love to give more, the law says they can't."