I read in the paper that Utah's U.S. Senator Mike Lee was unsuccessful in his plan to run his own super PAC that would allow him to accept no limit on how much money a donor could contribute (Dec. 2, "Federal election Commission nixes Lee's super PAC funds"). I hope that decision sticks and that Senator Lee and his staff do not figure out how to do an end run and get their way.
Let's face it, if a lobbyist or a company or an individual gives a candidate a ton of money, how can the elected official not be influenced? I would still like someone to explain to me what a lobbyist does that is any different than an outright bribe. It's like the old story about the three accountants applying for a job. When asked what the sum of two and two is, the first guy says "4," the second guy says "5" and the last guy says, "what do you want it to be?" We know who gets the job.