He would provide freebees and gifts looking for favors for his clients in return. He would provide certain congressmen and senators with access to private jets, and junkets to the world’s best golf locations like St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Free meals were given at his own fine Restaurant called Signatures in Washington as well. And access to the best tickets to all the area’s sporting events including two skyboxes at Washington’s Redskins games.
The best way to get a politician’s vote was to bribe the staffer and triple his salary because most of the time, the politician listened to and did whatever the staffer suggested. After all, they were having too much fun to actually read the legislation and decide anything for themselves. This actually happened. The chief of staff to Congressman Bob Nay was Neil Volz. Neil Volz was promised a great job after serving the Congressman and Neil made sure all the votes went the client’s way.
The Congressman was the chairman to the House Administration Committee. Neil remembers being at a big Hockey game being told how he should suggest the Congressman vote on something. This practice was both brilliant and evil at the same time. One of the highest people he tried to influence was the Majority Leader Tom Delay. Eventually he gave great jobs to Tom’s chief of staff and press secretary. He even went into business directly with Tom’s chief of staff.
Ney justifies his acceptance of the freebees by simply saying that he was not the only one being bought off. He says the bar at the restaurant was full of Bush’s white house staffers. Ney eventually spent 17 months in prison. The only Congressman that served time in prison.
Jack is right in that he was able to do all this because our governmental system is flawed. It is run by humans and humans are weak. He went to jail. They changed the law in that a company cant give politicians freebees but you can donate any amount of money or freebee to a politician’s FUNDRAISER.
Yes, business as usual, the politicians are getting very very rich. Every time your guy is going to another fundraiser, you might as well hear the cash register bells going off in his pockets.