On Civil Rights anniversary, Where was the GOP?
The Washington Post notes that despite receiving invitations, Republican members of Congress were entirely absent from the Washington, DC event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington to demand civil rights for all Americans regardless of race (source: http://wapo.st/17n2xGG).
Where were they? I can’t answer for all GOP senators or representatives who chose to snub the event, because members of Congress often choose to hide their schedules from the public. A year or two ago, it would have been possible to dig up the fundraising activity of current members of Congress through Political Party Time, a project of the Sunlight Foundation that collects insiders’ invitations to posh campaign events and publishes them for all to see on the Internet. But lately, campaigns have seemed to figure out how to keep invitations out of the hands of the Sunlight Foundation; yesterday, only Republican congressman Chris Gibson’s fundraiser in New York was listed. Rep. Gibson accepted between $250 and $1000 for some face time at a private home.
Where were the rest of the GOP instead of attending the civil rights commemoration? I don’t know. If you have a piece of information, would you share it in the comments section below? Even better, if you know of a new trove of data where such information could be found, could you share the resource? Thanks.