Washington Babylon — July 12, 2010, 2:20 pm

Hole-In-One: Ethics “waivers” allow congress to keep golfing

From the Sunlight Foundation:

To allow members of Congress and Hill aides to attend their annual fundraising golf tournaments free of charge, Washington’s premier partisan clubs get ethics waivers from the House Ethics Committee, according to the clubs’ managers.

These clubs — the Capitol Hill Club and the National Democratic Club — are popular spots for political fundraisers and members, aides and lobbyists sit on their boards of directors.

A ticket to the Capitol Hill Club’s “Annual Republican Leadership Tournament,” held today at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria costs $3,000 for a foursome. On July 19, it’s the NDC’s turn to take the greens at Trump National Club, where a ticket costs twice as much for members and $8,000 for a team of non-members.

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