Sewell Chan reports in today's New York Times that "contractors and lobbyists who do business with New York City government accounted for about 22.3 percent of campaign donations in the 2005 election cycle" according to a new report. The report's authors write that "there are still citizens who believe that special-interest donors wield undue influence over government officials and that 'pay to play' is the dominant modus operandi."

We wonder where this idea could come from?