Free Super Bowl Tickets: Perks for Congress & Politicians?
Congressmen Getting Free Super Bowl Tickets?
Members of Congress and politicians getting free tickets for the Super Bowl as perks; is it a common, questionable practice that needs to be exposed?
Well, the public interest journalism organization Pro Publica is conducting an interesting examination of that subject asking the question Which members of Congress have and/or are receiving super bowl tickets ? And more importantly, how and from who those members of Congress received the Super Bowl Tickets?
Pro Publica is asking for the public's help in getting answers to those Super Bowl Tickets questions from all 535 members of Congress.
Pro Publica frames the Super Bowl Perks issue in this way
"The Super Bowl is America’s most expensive sports spectacle, and it has long been used to rub shoulders, gain influence and form ties that help congressional candidates raise the approximately $1 billion they spend on their campaigns every two years. While most of us can’t afford a ticket to the Super Bowl, we know the NFL sets aside a large number of them for public officials and corporations to buy at face value (the cheapest tickets are going for as much as $1,799 on StubHub). Politicians use the tickets to reward big donors, and corporations use them to reward politicians.
The stakes are extraordinarily high this year. The resurgent Republican Party victory in Massachusetts last week raises the likelihood of yet another record-smashing year of campaign fundraising in advance of congressional elections this fall. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling, which allows corporations and other groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on ads for or against sitting members of Congress, also will trigger a spending spree."
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