The California-based watchdog organization Maplight.org,
http://www.maplight.org/ says there’s actually a more pervasive form of pay-to-play going on, (than recent examples like Rod Blagojevich's attempted sale of President Obama's former Senate Seat) and it’s completely out in the open in legislatures around the country, and on Capitol Hill.
They say the fact that politicians routinely accept campaign cash from corporations and other interest groups naturally earns those contributors favors when it comes to crafting and voting on legislation. Specifically here in Illinois, Maplight.org points to the Payday Loan Reform Act passed nearly unanimously, and signed by Blagojevich in 2005."
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