A person I know who is honorable and a highly regarded member of his Temple, owns a small business. Let’s call him Joe. He called Congressman Tim Bishop’s office to ask for some help to get him around bureaucratic issues that were costing him time and money. Nothing untoward here.
Congressman Bishop did help him. If that is where the story ended, all would be fine, great, no problem.
Unfortunately, that is not the end of the story.
Joe received a call from one of Congressman Bishop’s aides shortly after he received the Congressman’s help. The aide said that he wanted him to contribute to the congressman’s campaign. Joe politely declined.
It wasn’t long before another aide from Congressman Bishop’s office called and said she wanted him to contribute to the campaign. He again declined.
This caller wasn’t going to be put off and said, “Look, this is what I want you to do. You are to buy two $1000 tickets to this fundraiser.”
The person I know then said he couldn’t afford it.
The caller said, “If Congressman Bishop hadn’t helped you, it would have cost you a lot more.”
The business owner bought the unaffordable tickets.