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In our nation’s cash, bribing is not authorized — at minimum not publicly. For several years the lobbyists on K Avenue would win time with elected officials by having them out for evening meal. Supply them a cost-free dry-aged rib eye, and their awareness was yours for the following couple hours. A cozy arrangement that led to a glut of steak properties inside a several blocks of the Capitol.
In 2007, Congress was compelled to act. The only concern was how. You could say no dinners, but then they’d just do lunch. No lunch? Breakfast. What about hors d’oeuvres?