Ken Connor

If you are the average Joe or Jane, chances are you feel your government doesn't pay much attention to you – and you're probably right.

Your chances of dining with your Representative or Senator or spending the weekend with them at their summer home are pretty slim. The likelihood of even getting them on the phone is pretty remote, and you probably get little more than a form reply to any letters or e-mails you send their way.

There's an easy way to solve this attention deficit problem, however: Contribute big bucks to your office holder's campaign. There is a direct correlation between the amount of your giving and the amount of the attention you will receive from political insiders. And if you really want to ratchet up the attention you get, don't just give money to your favorite politician, get others to write checks to them as well! Just make sure that you are the one who delivers them. That'll get you noticed!

The reality of the "your check will get you noticed" culture that is Washington, D.C., is not lost on the special interests. They invest in political campaigns as a cost of doing business, expecting that if the object of their gifts prevails they will get a return on their investment. Usually that ROI comes in the form of tax breaks, subsidies, earmarks, immunity from liability, or some other form of special treatment. That's why they're called "special" interests.

More often than not, to protect their investment the special interests will insert their minions in government to ensure that their agenda is carried out. These representatives of the special interests enter government for a time, draft or secure the passage of legislation that favors their interest group, and then leave through the door through which they entered. It's called the "revolving door" and it is constantly cycling representatives of the special interests in and out of government through its portal. After their period of service and "sacrifice" in government, said minions are welcomed back into the arms of the special interests from whence they came and amply rewarded for their labors. They are no longer minions, but moguls.

Exhibit "A" to this process is Obamacare's chief architect, Elizabeth Fowler. Ms. Fowler is a former insurance executive who left the private sector to work in government and help craft Mr. Obama's signature legislative achievement. She has now returned to the private sector to work for pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson. According to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwold:

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.