WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH NEWT? WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST WITH the future Republican nominee for President? Or drinks on a yacht with California Governor Pete Wilson and other G.O.P. Governors? All this access to powerful people is for sale, and can be yours, for a mere $250,000. Make checks payable to the Republican National Committee.

Last week, on the day before the House approved a bill to keep better track of lobbyists, R.N.C. chairman Haley Barbour mailed fund-raising letters to many of the lobbyists the bill is supposed to rein in. Even in a city inured to the crass trading of...

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