NY Times notes that Tim Johnson is building his warchest
The New York Times is reporting today that in light of the new political party in charge of Congress, just like most other Democrats, Tim Johnson held a fundraiser to commemerate the occasion.
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By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 — Lights glowed late in the Capitol dome on Wednesday night, indicating that the House and the Senate were in session. But the real action was taking place elsewhere on Capitol Hill, in wine bars, restaurants and town houses where lobbyists paid for the opportunity to meet and greet lawmakers.
Some politicians had just won election, or re-election, and needed to pay off campaign debts. Others were raising money for 2008, hoping that a fat campaign war chest would discourage serious challengers.
The Sonoma wine bar was particularly popular. No sooner had lobbyists left a reception there for Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois , newly elected chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, than another platoon of them arrived at the same place to pay tribute to Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia , chief deputy whip for House Republicans.
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who is to become speaker of the House, has promised new lobbying and ethics rules to end “the culture of corruption” that she says has infected Congress under Republican control. But lobbyists attending fund-raisers this week said they did not expect radical changes.
“There will be some changes on the margins that will be relatively short-lived,” said Erick R. Gustafson, a vice president of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The feverish fund-raising pace continued on Thursday, with events for two Democrats up for re-election in 2008, Senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Tim Johnson of South Dakota .
Surveying the week’s activities, Frederick H. Graefe, a veteran health care lobbyist with friends on both sides of the aisle, said, “There is no free event with the Democrats or the Republicans.”