I'm sure Republicans have pulled this kind of scam before, but most of the time it's Democrats like Representative Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) soliciting bribes.
Rep. Charles Rangel has written to lobbyists who represent corporate interests before the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, where he is the ranking Democrat, asking for contributions from $1,000 to $10,000 "to underwrite" his 75th birthday party.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and retired Gen. Wesley Clark will address the event starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Tavern on the Green in Manhattan. "I would like to be able to list your name on the invitation," Rangel said in his solicitation. He admonished the lobbyists to "fax the attached response sheet back to my office as soon as possible."
Right, and I'm sure the lobbyists expect nothing in return, which is why they'll probably be sending me thousands of dollars for my next birthday party.
(HT: Brewcrew for the sound.)