Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 2.00.20 PM“Linking campaign activities to committee assignments is unseemly, says Peter Schweizer, president of the conservative Government Accountability Institute and the author of “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.”

“We want to believe that committee assignments are based on knowledge, expertise, and background,” writes Schweizer. “Raising money is what helps an ambitious member of the House rise in the ranks far more than ideas or competence.”

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