by Micael Snyder
When I made the decision to run for Congress, I figured that I better learn how members of the House of Representatives actually spend their time, and what I learned chilled me to the core. It turns out that both parties instruct their members to spend approximately four hours a day on the telephone raising money. As a new member of Congress, I would be expected to raise $200,000 for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and that would require me to spend enormous amounts of time away from the job that I was actually elected to do. Of course, I have already pledged that I will not “dial for dollars”, and the establishment is not pleased about that at all. To me, it is absolutely disgraceful what our system has become. Today, members of Congress are essentially mid-level telemarketers for the NRCC or the DCCC, and it is time that we said enough is enough.
As I have traveled around Idaho’s first congressional district and shared how members of Congress spend much of their time “dialing for dollars”, many people have had a difficult time believing that it is true. But of course many current members of Congress have spoken out about this, and that includes U.S. Representative Rick Nolan. During a recent interview with CBS News, he explained that new members of Congress are expected to spend 30 hours a week “dialing for dollars”…
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