Ask former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, a genuine, card carrying Tea Party Republican.
Looks like about $150,000, give or take some change, in gifts and favors. Nice gift for the Democrats.
Another great gift, the lawsuit that the GOP voted against the President today. There's the issue they needed to motivate their base for the mid-term elections. By November, the news ought to be really good, if you're a Democrat, that is.
Rachel Maddow has the most factual information on the scandal.