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04-04-2016, 11:05 PM
Massie decries committee assignment system

By Lana Bellamy

Every election cycle, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie said he is “extorted” by the Republican Party to pay $300,000 for his committee assignments.

“I call it extortion, they call it assessments,” he said.

The “assessments,” essentially dues to the party, are fundraised through political-action committees and lobbyists as a price to pay for committee positions, Massie, a 4th District Republican from Lewis County, told about 25 during a recent coffee and pizza forum in Flatwoods.

He told them, “I can’t go and do a fundraiser and raise $300,000 and stand up in front of people and tell them, ‘Well, you know what? It’s not really about the election. I need the money to buy a committee seat.’”



04-05-2016, 07:48 AM
(That link doesn't seem to work, at least not for me. Here's another.)

04-05-2016, 08:19 AM
Thanks - good read and a sad statement on American politics.

04-09-2016, 06:02 PM
Thomas Massie points out procedure that should stop

Apr 7, 2016

During a recent coffee and pizza forum with constituents in Flatwoods, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, 4th District, revealed something about politics in Congress which most know little about, and as so often happens in American politics, the more you learn about the U.S. Congress the less confidence you have in it.

Massie, the former Lewis County judge-executive, has represented the northern Kentucky district that stretches along the Ohio River from Ashland to the outskirts of Louisville since replacing Geoff Davis, who unexpectedly resigned in 2012. Known as a Tea Party Republican and strong supporter of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, his district includes Ashland and Westwood in Boyd County and all of Greenup County.

Massie told the approximately 25 gathered for the town hall meeting at a Flatwoods pizza parlor that during every election cycle, he is “extorted” by the Republican Party to pay $300,000 for his committee assignments.


Call us na´ve, but we like to think committee assignments in Congress are made on the basis of seniority, a congressman’s particular area of expertise and such things as his or her district’s major industries and natural resources. To learn those committee assignments are sold to the highest bidders further weakens our opinion of Congress, which already was quite low.

As long as this system remains below the radar screen, it will not change. With the exception of people like Massie, we suspect most members of Congress like the status quo just fine.


04-09-2016, 06:04 PM
Kentucky Congressman Explains how Bribery and Corruption Runs Washington, D.C.

Written by Onan Coca
April 7, 2016


Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) recently sat down with the Daily Independent, a popular newspaper from Ashland, Kentucky, and explained how both parties use bribery and corruption to advance their own agendas.

Massie has long been one of Eagle Rising’s favorite national politicians, due in large part to his willingness to buck his own party’s leaders and fight for the beliefs and philosophies that most conservatives say we hold. Unlike many of the politicians in D.C., Massie (along with a few others like Justin Amash , Rand Paul , and Ted Cruz ) says what he believes and then does what he says he will do… even when it gets him in trouble with party leaders.

In his conversation with the Daily Independent, Massie managed to both enlighten and outrage the average American with his candid explanation of the graft and corruption that runs rampant in Congress.


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04-09-2016, 09:31 PM
Massie discussed the NRCC fundraising bill in a radio interview last year: