At a White House press conference, Nancy Pelosi said “by the way we’re asking people to contribute to us if they want to elect more reformers to Congress so we can do away with super PACs – we can do away with secret contributions.”
The Pendleton Act of 1833 forbids federal workers from soliciting or receiving contributions on federal property. The Justice Department has never prosecuted a member of Congress for this nor did anything ever come of the DOJ investigation of Clinton and Gore who admitted soliciting campaign donations from their offices. apparently the DOJ decided that the law didn’t explicitly include presidents or veeps.
Machaivelli said that if you would strike at a prince, you must kill him. The implication is that, since a prince is very powerful, the retribution of his being left alive would be devastating to the striker. Ms. Pelosi could stand on the floor of the House and pull a revolver and shoot another congressman point-blank in the face and there would likely be fewer than a dozen congressmen in the entire House of Representatives that would be willing to go on point to lead charging her with murder. Plenty of folks to pile on, once someone else demonstrates principles and there is a groundswell of opinion against her. And there would still be a considerable partisan faction that would be just as likely to stand up and adamantly deny that she had murdered anyone at all, or that she was even there. Or that she ought to be even considered a federal “worker”.
And until that status changes, the 10% approval rating of Congress is still too high.