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UK's ‘Sunday Times' Reveals How Much it Costs to Buy the Ear of a Prime Minister

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£100,000 is 'not bad'

The UK's 'Sunday Times' has just released video of a top Conservative fundraiser discussing how much it would cost to gain personal access to the Prime Minister, and it's causing a scandal.

In the video, Cruddas told undercover reporters that a donation of £250,000 would give "premier league" access to party leaders, while £100,000 is "not bad" but would be "bottom of the premier league."

He also said, "It will be awesome for your business" and "things will open up for you" if you donate a certain amount.

The donations would, according to Cruddas, also allow the donor to have dinner with Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne.  At dinner, he noted, you can "pick up a lot of information," and are allowed to ask "practically any questions you want."

Furthermore, "If you're unhappy about something,we will listen to you and put it into the policy committee at number 10 [Downing Street]..."

Cruddas was under the impression he was speaking with the staff of a wealth fund based in Liechtenstein.

Though PM David Cameron has denounced Cruddas, who resigned shortly after the video was released, the event is causing an outrage.  Many are upset that policy can be influenced by big donors, in Crudass' own words.

PM Cameron reiterated, "What happened was completely unacceptable. This is not the way we raise money in the Conservative Party. It shouldn't have happened."

The opposing party's leader Ed Miliband said, "We need to know what happened, who paid money, what interaction there was between the prime minister and the chancellor and the people who paid money."

Across the pond, Americans are wondering how similar the process is in the United States.

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(H/T: Business Insider)

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