What really goes on in American politics:
One of the first big surprises was the pressure put on all members to fund-raise on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is tasked with winning House races. Buck said all members are obligated to raise money, and those on lucrative committees are tasked with raising even more…
“We have dues, and if you’re on an ‘A’ committee, your dues are higher than if you’re on a ‘B’ committee. By higher, I mean $450,000 this year for being on an ‘A’ committee,” Buck said.
For members to reach that bar, they must grovel to special interests.