Voters can sense there are numerous hustlers masquerading as candidates, lobbyists and policy advocates. Divining the genuine agendas behind their smokescreens makes political involvement challenging work. It is also why many voters settle for mailing a check to membership organizations that ostensibly share their priorities; whether those are concern for the environment, the provision of mental health services, education funding, federalism, gun rights or ethical crusades. Upon close inspection, however, these self-aggrandizing tribunes are often found, both on the right and left, to devote a lion’s share of members’ contributions on the comforts of staff rather than effective advocacy. Supporters are assured of receiving a glossy newsletter carrying desperate appeals for more money.