Lobbyist Fundraisers:


Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) doesn’t know when to quit. The Billings Gazette reports that Burns is attending a lobbyist fundraiser at the offices of Patton Boggs despite the fact that the Senator has been under investigation in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The Patton Boggs fundraiser will be hosted by five lobbyists at the firm, three of whom list one of their specialties as “appropriations” on the firm’s Web site. Burns is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

One of the hosts, Kevin O’Neill, has “secured more than $100 million in federal appropriations for his clients,” according to the Web site.

“Senator, could you pass me that croissant. And I’ll have that $50 million appropriation while you’re at it. By the way, here’s your $500 check.”

The event is $500 per person and $1000 per PAC.