In addition to the Lipton piece, the Times also yesterday editorialized about money in politics and what it called “the meat and potatoes of Capitol culture:”

Members don’t twitter about it to the folks back home, but the heart of the workday often involves writing laws with one hand, then ducking out of the people’s House to beg for money with the other. It’s not that inconvenient. The smarter special-interest check writers are right in the neighborhood…

Taxpayers may wonder why the existing deep-pocket system came to be licit, why their elected public servants can (must?) routinely behave as crass mendicants.

Make that munificent mendicants.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.