EDITORIAL PERKS OF POWER.State lawmakers insist there are no Duke Cunninghams
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Or so they say.
But all in all, corporations, trade groups and the like dropped nearly $1 million wining and dining the state's top pols last year. The gifts included rounds of golf, ski trips Ski Trip is an episode from That 70s Show.
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Although California maintains some relatively stringent-sounding laws designed to prevent outright bribery, it's no secret that such laws are routinely circumvented and occasionally broken.
Few politicians might be willing to sell their soul for a round of golf, but those few hours on the greens can buy a special interest special access that the average voters will never get. < At the end of the day, there might be no quid pro quo [Latin, What for what or Something for something.] The mutual consideration that passes between two parties to a contractual agreement, thereby rendering the agreement valid and binding. , but the donations - like campaign contributions - make a difference. If they didn't, the special interests wouldn't be quite so generous.
One of these days, voters will wise up, get organized and bring the political system to heel, just like they did with Proposition 13 nearly 30 years ago.