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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Members of Congress get to play King or Queen for a day. Special interest groups get to spend large undisclosed amounts of money to benefit members critical to their interests. Citizens get the short end of the stick.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“[The vice president] may face a little embarrassment, but I don't think he will face any practical impact, ... if Gore didn't want to live by that statement, he shouldn't have made it.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You have parties going on all the time. You have members, when they are thrown in their honor in effect hosting their own huge expensive events, and you have corporations and special interests picking up the tab and getting the favoritism and the relationship with the members of Congress as a result.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Democratic and Republican commissioners got heavy pressure this week from members of Congress, and in response they chose to ignore the campaign finance laws.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“seriously undermine the effort to close the soft-money loophole for 527 groups which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited soft money being spent to influence the 2004 federal elections.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“[Fred Wertheimer, a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform, called DeLay] the king of a Washington-lobbyist, influence-money approach for governing America. ... pay-to-play philosophy.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Members use them as slush funds. You just don't have to do this to raise money.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It's just one example of the increasing breakdown of any rules in the Congress.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“To effectively address the scandals in Washington, which revolve around the multiple ways lobbyists use money to buy influence, Congress must reform the lobbying, campaign finance and ethics rules, and create new means for enforcing these rules.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“That doesn't mean there are no efforts to influence the minority parties, but the principal efforts almost always involve the party in power, the party or the individuals from that party who can deliver results.”

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