The 13 new Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are holding a dinner you can attend for a suggested contribution of just $5,000, reports Bloomberg's Roxana Tiron. (I'd like but I can't find the story on-line -- it was forwarded to me by a pissed-off senior official at the Pentagon.) Didn't say how much extra it costs to blow smoke with the freshmen politicos.
Ms. Tiron obtained an invitation to the event sent out by Buck -- or is that "Bucks"?--McKeon, the new chairman of HASC. Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, told Tiron that, "This is a command audience, par for the course for anyone who wants to have influence with this committee and show favor for particular members."
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.