According to Open Left, one day after Nancy Pelosi softened her public stance on a public option for health care, a lobbyist for the health insurance industry announced a fundraiser for her.
Previously, house speaker Pelosi had said that inclusion of a public option was non-negotiable, but according to CNN and AP, she — along with Senate majority leader Harry Reid — have changed their tunes and now reject non-negotiable demands.
Then, just a few hours later, Steve Elmendorf, a registered lobbyist for UnitedHealth announced a reception at his house featuring Pelosi, with an admission fee of $2400 ($5000 for members of Political Action Committees). You can even see a copy of the email sent out by Elmendorf.
But I guess in our neo-third-world country, such bribery is legal.