Who’s in Verizon Center boxes? Members of Congress and lobbyists enjoying Bruce

The Post reports on Verizon Center boxes and their use for campaign and political committee events here this morning.

After several rounds of campaign finance reform, the events remain legal, including renting boxes from special interest groups. The only difference is that the corporations and lobbyists don’t provide boxes for free, as they sometimes did before the Abramoff scandal. Instead, they often contribute to the lawmakers’ campaign committees or leadership PACs, which then pay for the event cost.

Last year, at least 108 congressional fundraisers were held at Washington’s three premier sports and entertainment venues, according to invitations obtained by the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit agency devoted to government transparency. The true number might be higher because most invitations are never made public.

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