Are legislators trying to buy influence with one another? TPMmuckraker picks up an NPR Marketplace story about a group of legislators traveling up to Alaska for fishing trips on the dime of lobbyist-backed non-profits with ties to embattled Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Bill Allen, the CEO of VECO whose admitted to trying to buy influence with legislators.
Wonder of wonders, several of those legislators -- like Sens. Trent Lott (R-MS) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- just dipped into their campaign accounts to lend Stevens a hand as he fights for re-election amidst the VECO investigation. More on these trips, and the pay off, here.