In The Times' Valley Edition of July 3, we read that three of our four Valley congressmen--Henry A. Waxman, Howard L. Berman and Carlos J. Moorhead--raise formidable war chests from special-interest political action committees (PACs). This is done even though each of them is running in a reasonably safe district, that is, their opponents haven't a snowball's chance in hell of defeating them.
What they do with their excess campaign funds is buy influence by contributing to the campaigns of other members of Congress and of state legislators. Their votes are bought by special interests and they, in turn, buy favors from other politicians. (It seems Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson of Los Angeles is the only one who refuses to be bribed by the PACs.)