But corporations need elected officials to make laws favorable to them. And most politicians are extremely cheap dates. Buy them a drink and whisper in their ear and they'll toss their constituents under the bus in a heartbeat.
ALEC makes it even more fun by providing "scholarships" for your legislators to enjoy a fun-filled vacation, expensive dinners, golf outings, and beach time in exchange for a few hours listening to corporate agendas and carrying corporate-written bills back to their state legislatures.
It's no different here in the Eastern Panhandle, where the FirstEnergy Legislative Exchange Council will be in full swing wining and dining your legislators during a fancy dinner at The Purple Iris this evening.
We would like to invite you and a guest to please join your legislative colleagues and the management of FirstEnergy in West Virginia for one of our legislative dinners. Company management will be discussing what is happening with the company in your area, and discuss FirstEnergy's legislative priorities.
All events begin with a reception at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM.
November 10, 2015 - The Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg.
Please RSVP to Sammy Gray, Director, State Affairs, and let me know if you plan to attend and bring a guest.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!
When a candidate for public office asked for an invitation to this private event so he, too, could learn about FirstEnergy's legislative priorities, he was told:
Thank you for you interest in meeting with us to discuss legislative issues and to meet our folks.
I would be pleased to meet with you privately at some time, however, the event tomorrow evening is for incumbents only.
Please check your calendar and suggest a few dates that you have available.
...because we will find out who you are, what was said, and any campaign contributions that change hands.
Hey, remember when a lowly reporter crashed a Wall Street secret society dinner and came out with recordings and pictures of the event? Fun times!
The legislators would do better showing up at the McDonalds right up the street to hear the legislative priorities of their constituents who have been plagued with inaccurate and outrageous electric bills, and incessant rate increases. Who knows, someone might even buy them some french fries!!!
The eyes.... the eyes.... The eyes are everywhere! I hope this evening's goodie bag contains Rolaids. You're probably going to need them.