Give $5,000 a year to the House Republican Caucus
and you, too, can own a genuine, autographed (not autopen, I hope) thank-you letter from House Speaker Jeremy Gillam.
Also a photo with the speaker (six-person limit). And dinner every year with the speaker. (Just don't pick up his dinner tab if you are a lobbyist or employ one, because that wouldn't be legal. Of course who but a lobbyist or somebody who employs one would want to commit to $5,000 in annual payola to a legislative caucus?)
The House Caucus seems to put more value in Speaker Gillam than, say, the Republican State Committee
. Saturday, it adopted a resolution objecting
to a rule change engineered by Gillam that ended seniority as an element in House committee assignments and made the speaker the dictator. The resolution called for a return to the seniority system. Gillam said his way is better in getting members on committees to which they are best suited. He told the Democrat-Gazette: "Democracy should have a little bit more forethought going into it than a random draw out of a bowl."
Putting $5,000 into the bowl is what you call forethought.