The same distinctions that exist in research, advocacy, and legislation exist in the realms of political influence. Since committees are the real seat of specialized congressional knowledge and power, it’s exciting to see CRP sort fundraising information by congressional committee, as currently highlighted on their Capital Eye blog.
Since this is often the way tht fundraisers are advertised (For $1500, see the chair of the ____ Committee, who controls ____ issue!!!!), public scutiny of this money should be organized in the same way. Advertising committee positions for fundraising seems only a few steps from the wanton corruption of Duke Cunningham’s bribery menu; tracking fundraising by committee is a small step toward dispelling monied interests’ undue policy influence.