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Friday, December 13, 2013

WI GOP throw ‘speed dating’ party for lobbyists

CapTimes - Wisconsin Republicans invite lobbyists to 'speed networking' event to raise money
Capital Times: Is it possible U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s long-time description of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as a “dating service” that matches Republican legislators and corporate interests has given someone an idea?

The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee recently sent out invitations to a “speed networking PAC reception.”

For $6,000, one earns the title of a “gold sponsor” and gains admission to the event for 10 individuals. Silver sponsors give $3,000 to admit five, bronze sponsors give $1,000 for a simple plus-one and those attending solo give $500.

The invitation does not detail how the event works, but one lobbyist who plans to attend described it as a “pretty fun event … something different than the usual cocktail reception.”
"You basically just talk to lobbyists and then they ring the bell and then they move," said Rep. Travis Tranel. What fun!

Of course, when the sort of money we’re talking about here changes hands, you can’t really call it “dating.” Still, congrats to Wisconsin Republicans for streamlining everything. When you think about it, the pimp is just a pointless middleman anyway.

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