Capitol Insider: Money Is Getting in the Way
Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, D-Mass., is a unique senator who has watched his colleagues during the past six months, while not worrying or spending time raising campaign funds, attending fundraising events, or wondering whether a policy position will damage his fundraising from his base of contributors.
In a Washington Post article today Cowan states, “I think money has such a persuasive, pernicious influence on governing around here that it’s getting in the way. … And perhaps it’s not even money; it’s the fear of what may happen to you if you’re seen as capitulating or compromising too much or violating the principles of your given base.”
Says Cowan, “The absence of a campaign, the absence of a need to raise money does put me in a somewhat advantageous situation.”