December 17, 2013 5:00 am -

This is how to get the “too much legalized bribery in political campaigns” message across:

Letting a Wall Street lobbyist write your legislation is a surefire way to catch flak from campaign finance watchdogs. Rep. Jimes Himes (D-Conn.) learned that the hard way after a member of the anti-corruption group Represent.Us pranked his recent fundraiser, posing as a Citigroup lobbyist and spilling a bag full of fake money onto the floor in a very physical critique of the role played by money in politics.

Himes is under fire for his support of H.R. 992, a bill that would reinstate taxpayer subsidies for a host of derivatives — the complex financial products at the heart of the 2008 meltdown. In May, The New York Times reported that a Citigroup lobbyist wrote most of the bill.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.