House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has blown away all competitors in the race to be the top congressional fundraiser, pulling down more than $52 million for Democratic candidates in 2012, or more than $120,000 for every congressional district, not including her own, according to a new investigative report.
In so-called “dues” and other contributions required of most House members, she topped every lawmaker of either party, making a joke of her $800,000 requirement leveled by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
By comparison, Republican Speaker John Boehner met his $418,347 dues total for 2013, according to charts unearthed in the new book “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets,” by Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute.
The book’s findings about how lawmakers spend money from their “leadership political action committees” on personal items and to hire family members on campaigns was featured on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. The New York Times best-seller’s last book was a blockbuster that studied how lawmakers use insider information to profit on Wall Street.
The dues setup in the House is not illegal, but little-reported on. Both parties expect their members, especially in the leadership, to raise money to help elect more of their own.
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