DC insider confirms congressman’s story of RNC ‘selling’ House committee seats

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Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck is exposing congressional corruption in a new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think.”

Tell-all books by former Members are nothing new, but what makes Buck’s book unique is he’s still in Congress when he wrote it — and he names names.

The Daily Signal reports:

“One of the things that I found startling when I got here is that you have to pay dues to be on a committee,” Buck said.

During the time he served on the House Judiciary Committee, Buck said he had to pay periodic dues of $200,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign committee of the House of Representatives.

Now, as a member of the House Rules Committee, Buck’s periodic dues are $450,000.

Inside sources confirm Buck’s claims.  Members of Congress are expected, as part of their duties in Washington, to raise money for the Republican Party.

“Yes, if you don’t raise money for the Party they threaten to take your committee assignments and gently suggest they’ll find a way to primary you,” a Washington insider and former House staffer tells us. “That’s one reason the RNC is across the street from Cannon.  Since you can’t make calls from your House office they have phones there.  Members are told to take an hour each day to walk across the street and make fundraising calls — even if they need to raise money for their own campaign to hold the seat, or if they’re targeted by RNC insiders for defeat in a primary.”
“Paying the Party doesn’t guarantee you a committee seat because certain Members have to be on certain committees due to their background or what’s in their district, but paying the RNC gives you an inside track to getting lucrative committee assignments,” our insider says.

“Technically speaking, GOP leaders are selling House committee seats,” our insider says.  “If a businessman wants inside access to a House committee, he can write a six-figure check to a congressman who wants a seat on that committee, then sit back and wait.  I can’t speak for the Democrats, but I’m almost certain they do it as well.”

Members who refuse to spend their time in Washington working for the RNC are punished for placing constituent service first. Our insider worked for a congressman who was not allowed back on a committee after he refused to raise money for the RNC.  “The committee was one where they stuck freshmen and ‘problem children,’ but after Sarbanes-Oxley, it became a prime fundraising opportunity.  Returning members traditionally get their old committees back, but the Speaker refused to put him back on because he wouldn’t fundraise for the RNC.”

The practice may be highly unethical, but it appears to be legal.  The individual writing the check to the RNC does not receive an “official act” in return, that goes to the congressman who raised the funds.  Courts also give great deference to the House when it comes to writing their own rules and setting their own standards.

“This is on Paul Ryan,” our insider says. “Using his official powers to set committees as a fundraising tool is an abuse of power and public trust. He can stop this by simply picking up the phone or walking across the street and telling the RNC that House committees are no longer for sale.”

  • David Blakeman

    WHAT HAPPENED?
    I wonder what happened to “Government of the People, by the People,
    and for the People”? WE THE PEOPLE want our country back. It is NOT
    We the rich, big business, monopolies, power hungry, and career politicians.
    The
    corruption has to stop, too many people have given all to make this
    country great. It is the Politicians that have put this Country into the
    gutter. To all politicians serving in Washington; you were elected by the
    People, to do the will of the People, not the monied, or the powerful.
    This Congress has forgotten this and America is suffering for it.

    The entire ‘DO NOTHING CONGRESS’ should be impeached, doing time for
    maleficence in office, you damn sure have not been doing your job.

    Remember: “WE THE PEOPLE” are tired of it and WE VOTE!!

  • Marv

    Re: Dishonest Congress – I remember my father saying (75 years ago) “if the American people really knew about everything that happened on ‘Capital Hill’ there would be a politician hanging from every lamp post .in D. C..” – Well, today there aren’t enough Lamp Posts…….

  • ONLYJB1

    Known it for years! The pay to play in DC politics. This is where the corruption begins!!!!!!!
    Just everyone was required to look the other way! Not anymore. Times they are a changing.

  • Buck

    It’s a shame. Sounds like Mexico and South American countries. I would like to see this all stopped but think it has been going on to long. The swamp won’t be drained way after president trump is out of office. To bad. . Buck 🇺🇸⚔🇺🇸 100% disabled Vietnam veteran Christian Right wing republican . Life time member NRA and friend to Israel

  • Dianna9490

    I heard when 1st elected a politician thinks they r going to DC to work for their district but instead r given a cold call list & pretty much the whole first yr have to call & beg for donations for the party! This is RIDICULOUS! Now I know why i get so many emails & calls for DONATIONS!! THIS MENTALITY HAS GOT TO STOP! Politicians are NOT ELECTED TO BEG FOR MONEY FOR THE PARTY!

    Mayb if the partys were NOT so dam rich then the CORRUPTION OF POLITICIANS MIGHT B NULL & VOID! WE DEFINETLY NEED TERM LIMITS ON THESE CROOKS!

    Americans STOP SENDING DONATIONS TO ANY OF THEM! Then we will c how it handled! IM DONE!

    Trump can clean tge SWAMP FROM HIS END BUT ITS UP TO US TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO DRAIN IT FROM OUR END! THIS US PATHETIC!

    I once heard – they need $ for TV ads & paper ads etc- WELL LETS JUST C HOW IT WORKS IF THEY CANT PAY FIR THOSE ADS- mayb IT W/HAV TO WORK ON HONESTY – THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR HOW @ THE NEWS REALLY INVESTIGATING & DOONG THEIR DAM JOBS!

  • shoemama

    The biggest problem with term limits is that no one has much experience and therefore, little power. The Lobbyists can stick around forever and will be the experts. They are not even elected and really answer to no one. Then WE would have no say. Term limits after say, 12 years, might work, but I think we have to have limits on the Lobbyists, too. Maybe
    a five year delay after being a Representative/Senator before being eligible? Whatever is done has to be well thought out.

  • “The goal of socialism is communism” – Vladimir Lenin

    “We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – Barack Obama

    “…They have infiltrated every conceivable sphere of activity: youth groups, radio, television, and motion picture industries, church, school, educational and cultural groups, the press, national minority groups, and civil and political units…” John Stormer – “None Dare Call it Treason” 1964

    See: “AGENDA – Grinding America Down” – vimeo

    Read: “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” – Gary Allen, 1971 – read online

  • Michael

    Yeah, like ban ALL lobbyists, at all levels of government.

  • Mitch A.

    I/We All Agree. That The Government, Has Let Greed Take Over Our Country.. The Rich Keep Getting Richer,The Working Man Breaks His Back To Make Them Richer.
    The Working Man Pays Out More Tax Dollars,Than The Rich Do!! And Then The Government Officials Give Themselves A Raise,And A Few Perks Along The Way!! And Why Not? They Have The POWER!! Or Do They???? If It Wasn’t For The Working Man. They Wouldn’t Be Rich… UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WERE STUPID!!! The Rich Have To Pay Their Bills Just Like We Do!! Remember The Truckers Strike? Or Air Traffic Controllers
    It Is A Rich Man’s Rule To Never Use Your Own Money On A Project..
    You Get Investors, And When Deadlines Are Not Met You Pay Penalties. VERY LARGE PENALTIES!!!
    The Rich Also Have Filthy Little Parasitic Pets, Called Lobbyist!! What They Do Is Simple. They Bribe Whichever Government Official,That Can Help Them In Acquiring These Contracts Or Change Laws That Can Help Them Raise The Cost Of Drugs, Or Run A New Drug Through Before All Testing Is Done. And Innocent People Die!! Then The Lawyers, And Judges Are Right Back In It…
    Hell Most Of Government Officials ARE LAWYERS That Grow Up To Be JUDGES AKA MOUTH PIECES, SHYSTERS, AMBULANCE CHASERS, CROOKS, Or COLLEGE EDUCATED LIARS!!!
    Now Before Anyone Freaks Out Like All Liberals Do… There Are Some GOOD ATTORNEYS, Some Of You May Not Think So…. Two Of Them Have Been Investigating SEVERAL SHYSTERS NOW AN X S O S, A SOON TO BE X DIRECTOR F B I , AND AN X US ATG, And Quit A Few More…
    IF WE THE PEOPLE REALLY WANTED CHANGE, JUST ORGANIZ!! UNITE!!! AND SHUT THE COUNTRY DOWN!!! It Wouldn’t Take Long For The RICH CLEANING TOILETS,FIXING SEWERS,KILLING, GUTTING, AND COOKING THEIR FOOD BEFORE THEY ARE BREAKING!!!

    Life Has Rules And Laws,Made Up By The Government,And We Have To Live By Them. Or We Will Be Prosecuted, It’s Time They Live By The Same Rules!!!
    Hell!! The Human Race Will Be All But EXTINCT By 2050 If Not Before!!!

  • reagangs

    This is one reason that I only donate to my states and my districts. Too much corruption.

  • David Blakeman

    The president has term limits, so should all others in government. The longer that a politician is in office the more corrupt they become. Look to the politicians that have been in office the longest. They do not listen to the people that elect them, they listen their lords and masters that OWN THEM.
    The lobbyists are just shopping around for a government official that is for sale. Ban the lobbyists, they are not elected by the people. They are the minions of the 1%. They are the reason that you cannot afford the medicine that you need for your health.The lobbyists bought enough politicians to get the monopoly for the drug companies passed, and now the drug prices are out of sight.
    When I lived in Florida, we elected a person to the House, he was great in the job, his door was always open. When it came time to reelect him again, he said no he would not run. Asked why, he said that he hated having to vote for some thing that he knew was wrong, just to get his issue even looked at.
    I am a Viet Nam Veteran. When I swore my oath to defend my country from all enemies foreign and domestic. Little did I realize that it would be from
    my own Government.
    I Love My Country, it’s my Government that I don’t trust.
    And my Oath of Enlistment has no expiration date.

  • Art Kellenberger

    There is absolutely no reason with todays internet why fundraising shouldn’t be limited to individual voters donating online, perhaps even daily, small amounts to their candidates and causes. This would also give ongoing verification to the recipient of the correctness of his opinion and policies. All lobbyists should be banned from donating to any politician or party, and they should be limited to giving advise only on behave of special interest group. Then it would be a country ‘Of The People’ again.

  • David Blakeman

    I don’t know, term limits has its draw backs but at least they are not getting dug in like a tick on their power trips, getting fatter at our expense. Term limits doesn’t seem to have hurt the President. Some of the Senators

    have gotten very fat with power and wealth while in office.

  • David Blakeman

    Good attorneys? Honest lawyers? I saw a unicorn dancing in the field this morning.