As Funding Government Stalled, Fundraising for Congress Soared

In the 20th straight year that Congress has failed to pass all routine spending bills by the end of the fiscal year, members of Congress are spending more time fundraising than ever.

“Members have faced increasing expectations to raise money for their own campaigns and their parties since the Republican Revolution of the mid-1990s. That was when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spearheaded the GOP’s takeover of both the House and the Senate.

Republican candidates broke fundraising records. And to maintain his party’s dominance, Gingrich continued to make unprecedented fundraising demands. Democrats followed suit.”

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