“Both the national Democratic and Republican party committees spend
about two-thirds of the money they take in on the care and comfort of
committee staffs and on efforts to raise more funds … ‘There is a class of [political] donors who expect to be wined and
dined and who expect to have gala receptions as part and parcel of
giving a donation,’ said Anthony J. Corrado, a Colby College professor
specializing in campaign finance.”