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What are Party Dues?

Part Dues are what each member of Congress is assigned to pay to their party by the party leadership. Although there are some set rates, this is often an arbitrary number set by party leadership depending on what the congressional member wants in return from his party.

Party dues are the biggest evidence that Washington is a "pay to play" system.

Let's say a new member member enters Congress. Throughout the campaign they told constituents when they get to Washington DC they won't owe anybody anything. They are wrong.

They are in debt the day they arrive in Washington.

  • When they arrive in Washington as a freshman member the party leadership tells them how much they now owe in party dues.
  • Then the party leadership provide the call lists telling the member who they should call to get this money from.
  • Party leadership provides the facilities to make these fundraising calls and to host fundraising events from the people or businesses they were assigned to call.
  • In return party leadership promotes the member to higher committee assignments.
  • Party leadership agree to help the member move or stall legislation.
  • Party leadership agrees to fund the members election efforts or other members the member may support
Party leadership and members will say dues are voluntary.

Then why is it common knowledge the more you pay the better positions you get?

Party leadership and members will say dues are voluntary.

All members say they dislike fundraising yet in 2006 they raised 74 million dollars only to give it back to the parties!

Party leadership and members will say dues are voluntary.

Then why are congressional members threatened if they do not pay?
Party Dues

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