More money-chasing than legislating
Florida lawmakers spent this week at the state Capitol, but many of them didn't accomplish much until the sun went down. By day, legislators were on light duty, meeting in committees to review programs and proposed laws.
By night, they flocked to clubs, law firms and trade-group suites to collect campaign checks from lobbyists and their clients. The ritual of plain white envelopes changing hands in the shadow of the Capitol is nothing new. What's different, lobbyists and some legislators say, is the frequency and intensity of the solicitations. (story here.)