Michael Moore Faces U.S. Treasury Probe
Gee, that won't increase interest in his new movie, will it? Moore should send out thank you cards for this.
Bush's Meet-and-Potatoes Dinner
Get ready, Goodrich. Brace yourself, Bristol-Myers Squibb. If you haven't received the call already, a Republican member of the House of Representatives is probably about to try to shake you down for big money.
GOP advises members how to approach companies for maximum donations at president's fundraiser.
"When a member of Congress calls, particularly a senior member of Congress, we give that great weight," said Jeffrey H. Smith, head of lobbying at the law firm Arnold & Porter. "I don't think it's heavy-handed. It's the nature of politics these days." He added, "My impression is that many members are not a good deal more comfortable with it that we are."
Others are not so sympathetic. "Some people do find it very heavy-handed," said a lobbyist for a major local company who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of angering members of Congress. "It's certainly a lighter touch to hear from a staffer."
The GOP needs money. They know they're not doing well, and they're putting the pressure on.