Sacramento Update

Lobbyist to Legislator, “Oh by the way, do you need any money?”

It’s how your government works. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Days after Timothy Grayson won election to the Assembly, a Sacramento lobbyist greeted him at a reception with sheepish congratulations.

Her client had supported his opponent during the campaign, the lobbyist explained, but now that he’d won, she told him she wanted to move past the election and forge a good working relationship. Oh and by the way, did he need any money to cover costs from the campaign?

“Makeup money” is what it’s called in Sacramento — the contributions that flow to newly elected officials from interest groups that backed a losing candidate during the campaign. It’s a completely legal way of saying, in political terms, “Let’s kiss and make up.”

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

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