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(Huffington Post)   Study from the Ric Romero Institute finds politicians are more likely to meet with campaign donors than constituents   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 23
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2014-03-12 02:35:12 AM  
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2014-03-12 02:55:01 AM  
I'm pretty sure that this was already proved in a double blind study with lab rats

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Or they might have used lawyers and politicians for testing.
You see, there are some things that even lab rats won't do.

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2014-03-12 03:50:54 AM  

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2014-03-12 04:03:15 AM  
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2014-03-12 07:27:45 AM  
Is the Obvious tag on vacation or something?
 
2014-03-12 07:46:07 AM  
But don't you dare say this leads to corruption or the appearance of corruption!
 
2014-03-12 07:54:08 AM  
I farking hate HuffPo. The actual study (here) found the following outcomes:

No meeting: 56.7% for non-donors, 51.6% for donors
District based staffer: 12.6% for non-donors, 10.9% for donors
Legislative Assistant or Local District Director: 25.2% for non-donors, 18.8% for donors
Legislative Director or Deputy Chief of Staff: 3.2% for non-donors, 6.3% for donors
Chief of Staff: 0% for non-donors, 4.7% for donors
Member of Congress: 2.4% for non-donors, 7.8% for donors

Yes, you get more attention if you donate, but constituent services are still a huge part of the job. The picture is a farkton more nuanced than TFA suggests...
 
2014-03-12 08:14:49 AM  
Money talks

Bullshiat walks
 
2014-03-12 08:25:13 AM  
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2014-03-12 08:26:39 AM  

ginandbacon: I farking hate HuffPo. The actual study (here) found the following outcomes:

No meeting: 56.7% for non-donors, 51.6% for donors
District based staffer: 12.6% for non-donors, 10.9% for donors
Legislative Assistant or Local District Director: 25.2% for non-donors, 18.8% for donors
Legislative Director or Deputy Chief of Staff: 3.2% for non-donors, 6.3% for donors
Chief of Staff: 0% for non-donors, 4.7% for donors
Member of Congress: 2.4% for non-donors, 7.8% for donors

Yes, you get more attention if you donate, but constituent services are still a huge part of the job. The picture is a farkton more nuanced than TFA suggests...


Riddle me this. A member of Congress has ten messages left at the end of the day and enough time to call one back. Eight never donated to the member's campaign. One donated a few bucks. One gave the legal maximum. Which person will the member call back?
 
2014-03-12 08:38:40 AM  
Sure you live in my district, but what have you done for me lately?
 
2014-03-12 08:43:12 AM  
Hey, you get what you pay for. No such thing as a free lunch.
 
2014-03-12 09:10:26 AM  

Serious Black: ginandbacon: I farking hate HuffPo. The actual study (here) found the following outcomes:

No meeting: 56.7% for non-donors, 51.6% for donors
District based staffer: 12.6% for non-donors, 10.9% for donors
Legislative Assistant or Local District Director: 25.2% for non-donors, 18.8% for donors
Legislative Director or Deputy Chief of Staff: 3.2% for non-donors, 6.3% for donors
Chief of Staff: 0% for non-donors, 4.7% for donors
Member of Congress: 2.4% for non-donors, 7.8% for donors

Yes, you get more attention if you donate, but constituent services are still a huge part of the job. The picture is a farkton more nuanced than TFA suggests...

Riddle me this. A member of Congress has ten messages left at the end of the day and enough time to call one back. Eight never donated to the member's campaign. One donated a few bucks. One gave the legal maximum. Which person will the member call back?



This.  Also, "non-donors" includes every single person in the country who didn't donate any money to the candidate.  So having a 50/50 split here is hugely favorable to donors.
 
2014-03-12 09:11:49 AM  

Chummer45: Serious Black: ginandbacon: I farking hate HuffPo. The actual study (here) found the following outcomes:

No meeting: 56.7% for non-donors, 51.6% for donors
District based staffer: 12.6% for non-donors, 10.9% for donors
Legislative Assistant or Local District Director: 25.2% for non-donors, 18.8% for donors
Legislative Director or Deputy Chief of Staff: 3.2% for non-donors, 6.3% for donors
Chief of Staff: 0% for non-donors, 4.7% for donors
Member of Congress: 2.4% for non-donors, 7.8% for donors

Yes, you get more attention if you donate, but constituent services are still a huge part of the job. The picture is a farkton more nuanced than TFA suggests...

Riddle me this. A member of Congress has ten messages left at the end of the day and enough time to call one back. Eight never donated to the member's campaign. One donated a few bucks. One gave the legal maximum. Which person will the member call back?


This.  Also, "non-donors" includes every single person in the country who didn't donate any money to the candidate.  So having a 50/50 split here is hugely favorable to donors.



I also may have not RTFA.  And may have misread those statistics.  But anyways, I don't think anyone needs statistics to prove that politicians are more responsive to their donors.
 
2014-03-12 09:20:46 AM  

Serious Black: ginandbacon: I farking hate HuffPo. The actual study (here) found the following outcomes:

No meeting: 56.7% for non-donors, 51.6% for donors
District based staffer: 12.6% for non-donors, 10.9% for donors
Legislative Assistant or Local District Director: 25.2% for non-donors, 18.8% for donors
Legislative Director or Deputy Chief of Staff: 3.2% for non-donors, 6.3% for donors
Chief of Staff: 0% for non-donors, 4.7% for donors
Member of Congress: 2.4% for non-donors, 7.8% for donors

Yes, you get more attention if you donate, but constituent services are still a huge part of the job. The picture is a farkton more nuanced than TFA suggests...

Riddle me this. A member of Congress has ten messages left at the end of the day and enough time to call one back. Eight never donated to the member's campaign. One donated a few bucks. One gave the legal maximum. Which person will the member call back?


Look, I've already stated that you get more attention if you donate, but the fact is more than half of the donors got no meeting. At all. Not even with a staffer. So obviously, donating to a campaign does not buy you instant access to your member.

I've worked on campaigns. Constituent services is taken very seriously. It's why they fly home every chance they get.

I just wish people had a better understanding of how to present themselves if they want something from their Reps. Don't be crazy. Don't be angry. Be polite and sound like you won't take much time and you can get in. At least with a staffer who is often pretty influential.
 
2014-03-12 09:39:01 AM  
Those donors are their constituents.

If you can't show your support or disapproval for the way the government operates without ponying up some dough, well, you must not be very serious in your opinion.  Money is speech, remember?

Why do you think lobbying exists in the first place?  To let the politicians know the will of the people!
 
2014-03-12 09:59:12 AM  
BREAKING NEWS!

People in environment where money is more valuable than anything else care more about money than doing their jobs!
 
2014-03-12 10:31:16 AM  
People who donate are also more likely to be politically active in other ways I'd assume.
 
2014-03-12 10:51:33 AM  
Because a direct, face to face discussion about bribery and graft is harder to record for future use than electronic correspondence, and a briefcase full of cash totaling more than donation caps has the advantage of having no paper trail. Also..

sendtodave: Those donors are their constituents.


THIS.
 
2014-03-12 10:57:53 AM  

cheeseaholic: People who donate are also more likely to be politically active in other ways I'd assume.


That is so true...
 
2014-03-12 11:07:05 AM  
Never thought I'd see a thread on Fark full of people subtly defending legalized bribery.

Let's change.
 
2014-03-12 11:26:36 AM  
I had a DC staffer from my rep call me back about a month after I sent them an email about how much Shinseki sucks and the VA sucks. The staffer told me I'd have a meeting with the rep in April. I'm not optimistic that I'll get the meeting, but at least they noticed my email. I'm not even registered with the same political party, let alone a donor. I do think that being a veteran got me a little further than the average Joe Constituent would.
 
2014-03-13 08:02:58 AM  
...except for Ron Paul.
 
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