The biggest accomplishment so far of U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer's scholarship foundation has been to send the Indiana congressman to play golf with donors at luxury locales such as the Bahamas and Disney World.
The fundraising golf outings have raised more than $880,000 for the Frontier Foundation that Buyer founded in 2003. Almost all the contributions are from 20 companies and trade organizations that have interests before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on which Buyer serves.
In addition, the foundation gave $1,450 in 2008 to the National Rifle Association Foundation.
I don't care if you support or oppose the NRA. How giving money to the NRA related to the stated goal of this foundation.
"This is another loophole that special interests use to buy access and influence. Certainly their hope is that by donating this money to Congressman Buyer's private foundation, that he will be more accessible to them," said Mary Boyle, spokeswoman for Common Cause, a nonpartisan group founded to hold elected leaders accountable to the public interest