Not that there was anything inherently untoward about this kind of fundraising. Giacomo had never offered or promised any kind of favors in exchange for any of the checks he accepted, and even his system for deciding at which events Rebecca would appear was above reproach. Giacomo would simply identify a group or industry with whom Rebecca generally agreed, and then offer her appearance -- they could read into it as they wished. There weren't any positions Rebecca took that were at odds in any important ways with the mortuary industry, so why not let them think they're getting something for their money?
The rest of this story is no longer online, but does appear in the book "The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, or Optimism."