Jim Jordan’s Insurance Industry Tailgate Party

The event was advertised by Jim Jordan as a “tailgate party” for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. However, it took place far from the Ohio State Buckeyes football game.

How many tailgate parties have you been to where corporate political action committees were invited, and asked to bring one thousand dollars as the price of admission? That’s just the sort of little end run arranged by Congressman Jordan yesterday.

Most people have a tailgate party out in the parking lot, before a stadium is opened. They open up the backs of their cars and trucks, and share drinks and eats freely with people passing by.

Not Jim Jordan. Jim Jordan’s tailgate party was an invitation-only affair, and it took place in a Washington D.C. townhouse owned by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. That organization just so happened to have lobbied in opposition to the health care reform that Representative Jordan just so happened to have voted against. Now, that organization is just so happening to help Jordan raise money for his re-election campaign.

And what does this all have to do with football? Somewhere in that townhouse, while Congressman Jim Jordan and his campaign aides were meeting with insurance industry lobbyists, there was a TV set playing the Ohio State football game. That makes it a tailgate party, in Jordan’s book.

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