"The conventional view, at least implicitly, is that these donations are designed to sway candidates who win elections in the direction of groups who gave them money. Richard Hall used to think this way, too. But many years ago, Hall came to Washington on a fellowship to work for then-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Hall and Daschle were fired up about a hunger relief bill that was working its way through Congress. It was not an issue that resonated with many of Daschle's constituents -- but it was an issue the senator cared about deeply, and Hall was enthusiastic to work on an issue that touched his conscience."