The "Founding Fathers" of declareindependence.org, a project of the Campaign for Fair Elections, recently embarked on a manhunt for Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in his home district in order to highlight his "cash-for-Speaker" program.
George Washington and Benjamin Franklin scoured corn fields, parking lots, golf courses and tanning salons, but found no trace of the Minority Leader, leaving the "Founding Fathers" to wonder why "John Boehner has promised VIP access to any lobbyist willing to bundle $100,000," but wasn't around to meet with his constituents.
Cliff Schecter, a consultant for the Campaign for Fair Elections, explained the frustration behind the new "cash-for-speaker" initiative in an earlier blog post.
Rep. Boehner has been talking a lot about Democrats' failing to "drain the swamp," in Washington, D.C.--but he's spending his days raising special-interest cash around the country and asking lobbyists to bundle $100,000 for his "cash for speaker" program, as a way to gain VIP access to the wannabe-Speaker of the House. If Rep. Boehner were really serious about draining the swamp and not just offering his usual empty platitudes, he'd work to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that would put our elections back in the hands of voters--instead of the corporate interests and lobbyists who feed his personal financial trough.
From Politico's report on Rep. Boehner's latest pay for access fundraising campaign:
According to materials distributed by Boehner's camp and obtained by POLITICO, lobbyists and other major donors across the country who give the maximum or help raise $100,000 will get meetings with Boehner, calls from senior aides with updates on the campaign and "VIP access to all events, including roundtables, briefings, breakout discussions and interactive panel discussions."
Watch the "Founding Fathers" search for John Boehner: