No, this isn't an analysis of Nancy Boyda-Pelosi's FEC report, though it is out, and I will comment on it.
USA today ran a front page story which singled out Nancy Boyda-Pelosi for the appearance that she traded official actions for a lobbyist-hosted fundraiser.
Just one year ago, Boyda-Pelosi said this (1/17/07), "Lobbyists didn't just influence the last Congress, they controlled it. Today, that era has come to an end. The market for political influence in Washington is closing."
To paraphrase an old saying, when one market closed, Nancy Boyda-Pelosi opened another one.
On December 19th, Boyda-Pelosi issued a news release taking credit for a $485,000 grant for a wastewater treatment project in Iola. On October 15th, the Van Scoyoc firm had registered to lobby for Iola. On November 1st, the firm hosted a fundraiser for Boyda-Pelosi at its offices. The cost for catering, beverages, room rental and incidentals: $1,203, paid for by the firm's PAC.
Yet, On the day the House of Representatives passed the lobbying law in July, Boyda-Pelosi said that the ban on gifts and meals was important to her constituents because "they want to know that I'm not sitting someplace in Washington , D.C. , with somebody that gets my attention for two solid hours." Unless, I guess, they host a nice fundraiser for you . . .
On January 18th, Boyda said, "If the good people of Kansas want to ask if this passes the smell test, I think that it does," because benefits flowed to her district.
She said towns didn't need to hire a lobbyist to get access to her and added, "This is why we need public financing. The system is a mess."
So, let me get this straight, Nancy, it's not your fault that you gave a lobbyist an earmark and they rewarded you with a fundraiser. You couldn't have just said no? This is typical spin, blame everyone else and hope no one notices what an absolute hypocrite you are.
Your entire campaign in 2006, you said, "special interests don't just influence Washington, they absolutely control it." Who knew you wanted to join the party, not change it?
This is what 30 second ads are made of . . . enjoy your last 11 months in office Nancy.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.