Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, on Tuesday cited pressure from donors as an imperative for the GOP to pass its tax bill. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’” Collins told reporters.
Lindsey Graham says “the financial contributions will stop” if tax reform fails.
The same motivation was behind the push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare” (they are still trying, by the way):
[Senator Corey] Gardner is in charge of his party’s midterm re-election push, and he warned that donors of all stripes were refusing to contribute another penny until the struggling majority produced some concrete results… The backlash from big donors as well as the grass roots panicked Senate Republicans and was part of the motivation behind the sudden zeal to take one last crack at repealing the health care law before the end of the month.
Republicans continue to propose legislation that the public is overwhelmingly against in order to keep getting money from their biggest donors. It’s not the first time and they are certainly not the only party to do that. But unless we’ve all forgotten — it is wrong. The definition of corruption:
[D]ishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)… inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (such as bribery) the corruption of government officials.