"He told me, 'Vote no and you will get a $1,200 check from the Heritage Foundation. If you vote yes, you will get a $1,000 check from some environmental impact group.' ... I voted no, and I didn't get a Heritage Foundation check, but he did. I went back and checked with my friend, 'I didn't get a check, man. What were you talking about?' He told me, 'Well, I got one. Why didn't you?'" — U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, as quoted in a Ouachita Citizen story headlined "McAllister Admits to Vote for Contribution." McAllister made the remark at a meeting at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, but says he wasn't looking for the contribution — merely attempting to point out how money influences politics in Washington.