How thick a wall between fundraising and lawmaking?

This morning’s Post discusses the House Ethics Committee’s recent report on the PMA Group and its treatment of the “walls” discovered between Members’ fundraising operations and official work.

In detailing how the lawmakers approached their earmarking, however, the ethics report and accompanying reports by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) made clear that the wall between grants and donations in their offices was in many instances very thin. Key individuals in their offices played at least some role in both activities, starting with the lawmakers and typically including staff members responsible for reviewing and making preliminary earmark decisions.

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