Chaffetz: "Look, as a position, as a chairman of a, of a committee, plus what I have to do with my own campaign, I have to raise about $1 million a year, maximum individual contribution is $2,700."
Aha! Bingo! Read that carefully: In order to keep his position as chairman of the committee, he had to raise $1M/year for the party (minus campaign), or the party would give that to someone who could come up with the money.
That's why there are some perpetual meat-heads on some committees, like Creationists on science and technology ones, coal-holes on energy ones. They can raise the funds from people with deep pockets. (The maximum individual contribution is a joke. Money always
funds finds a way.)