The fix is in. During an interview for a documentary series titled, The Swamp, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) revealed that Republican members of Congress must “pay rent” for revered legislative committee positions.
Each committee is ranked based on priority (aka. fundraising potential). The more coveted the committee assignment, the more money the representative must raise for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
During the interview, Rep. Massie explained:
“The committees here are ranked based on how much money you can raise if you’re on that committee. An ‘A’ committee, you should be able to raise, you know, half a million dollars easily every election cycle from the lobbyists…”
“I’m on ‘B’ and ‘C’ committees, but they’re important committees to my constituents. The transportation committee, right? Our roads and bridges should be pretty important, right? It turns out, there aren’t a whole lot of lobbyists here in Washington, DC interested in roads