James Buchen, vice president of government relations at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, was quoted recently defending state lawmakers' habit of campaign fundraising during the state budget process. He said fundraisers help break the tension that builds during a legislative session. Sort of like a spa.
"More than anything it's a social outlet that this process sorely needs," Buchen said.
He went on to say fundraisers are a "setting where you can get to know people." And buy a tax break or two.