Lobbyists for major banks, insurers, pharmaceutical firms, energy companies and at least one foreign government have been helping organize lavish gatherings of staffers and members of Congress since early 2009, funneling K Street money through an officially chartered staff organization called the Congressional Cigar Association.Looks like the Republican staffers on the Hill missed their freebies and organized a way around the lobbying rules. So, while most ordinary Americans are having trouble making ends meet, the Republicans on the Hill are treating themselves to all the luxuries that big corporations can buy them on the sly.
The CCA, founded by Republican staffers and sponsored by Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), is chartered by the House Administration Committee to encourage networking among congressional staff. Its most recent gathering was held Tuesday at a townhouse just steps from the Capitol, where staffers were feted by Miami Cigar & Company.
Read "Congressional Cigar Association Is Front For Lobbyists" at the Huffington Post.