When you follow the link for that story, you get the story I'm posting here.
Congratulations, Democrats and Washington Post. Never has naked bribery and the selling of influence been advertised so plainly.
Sub-Driver, when I followed the link from your excerpt, this is the story I got. It appears to be a major rewrite by Politico.
Here is what I got back from the Ombudsman at the WP — he said at the link you don’t do drafts on glossy paper.
Thanks for writing. As ombudsman, I operate independently from the newsroom and Post management. Here’s what I wrote about the “salons” situation: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ombudsman-blog/2009/07/wps_salon_plan_a_public_relati.html#more
From Wiki: A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (”aut delectare aut prodesse est”). The salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical salons of the 17th century and 18th century, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people of a ‘set’: many 20th-century salons could be instanced.
However, in Weymouth’s case, she was selling admission tickets at $250,000 per lobbyist. “Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to “those powerful few” Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the papers own reporters and editors.” Weymouth & those participants prostituted themselves upon the altar of RAT greed.
This old gal's biography notes: "A former associate at William & Connolly, a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C., Weymouth ... blah, blah, blah...."
I'd just guess Ms. Weymouth was going to sell a date with Greg Craig (and maybe even with his buddy Fidel Castro) for $250,000 or so.
I remember when you could go down and see Greg "doing a number" for a client on the sidewalks. Toss him a quarter or something.
This is the guy who invented "litigation street theater", so why not "buy a White House staffer".
Something tells me this is all very much a violation of the law. Yet, with Greg Craig there, why not Eric Holder, and David Bois ~ and maybe some young children for them to play with ~ no doubt Weymouth is willing to trot them out for the benefit of the crowd's entertainment.
How does this differ from other political fundraisers?
Both parties’ various committees and most candidates offer small, intimate/exclusive affairs to lobbyists for donations up to the maximum amounts permitted. I suppose those don’t then lead to positive media coverage?