Raising Money From The Arts – A Conflict Of Interest?

Should politicians who support the arts be trying to raise campaign money from the arts community? Connecticut’s governor, an arts supporter, recently solicited the attendance of arts groups for a $250/plate fundraiser. “He calls and says, ‘I’m having a fund-raiser for Gov. Rowland and I’d like to see you there.’ There’s pressure to attend.” Some feel coerced.