Special interest groups always expect something in exchange for their donations

To see how special interests continue to find ways around campaign finance laws, look no further than their contributions to politicians’ favorite causes.

There are limits on individual campaign donations, but none on “behested payments” — donations made at politicians’ request for a legislative, governmental or charitable purpose. So well-funded groups, be they casinos, unions or enormous telecom corporations, can contribute as much as they like to politicians’ special interests.

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, about 350 donations worth $3 million were made at the request of state politicians so far this year.

Source: Editorial: Special interests buy politicians’ attention through special causes – San Francisco Chronicle


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