Over at the Knowledge Problem, Michael Giberson wonders why no one in Congress is calling for an investigation of 900% mark-up rates for political fundraising dinners:
WASHINGTON -- Two Northwest senators, Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon and Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington, have introduced legislation to prohibit gasoline price gouging during national emergencies.
Cantwell is concerned oil companies are taking advantage of Hurricane Katrina to raise prices far beyond additional costs....
Of course, last year in her role as co-chairwoman of Kerry's campaign in Washington, Cantwell had no problem charging $1000 for a meal at Seattle's Westin Hotel. (See: The Seattle Times.) Either meals at the Westin in Seattle are very, very costly, or Cantwell was raising prices far beyond costs.