How to Buy Congress
There is a much easier (and sneakier) way to influence Congress than throwing press junkets and pouring money into lobbying activities. Congressional Fellows, employees who are embedded on Congressional staffs, are collecting salaries from outside groups, including industry.
It sounds like every lobbyist's fantasy. But it's not fiction - it's a reality on Capitol Hill.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) raises this important issue in our latest podcast. POGO investigator Lydia Dennett talks about the gross lack of oversight in the Congressional Fellowship program and her latest report.