Continuing resolutions (CRs) are intended to be temporary measures to prevent government shutdowns, not mechanisms for changing funding levels or policy priorities. However, it's important to recognize that the process of funding the government, whether through regular appropriations bills or through CRs, can be influenced by many factors, including political considerations.
Elected officials might indeed have particular projects or programs they wish to continue funding, which could align with the interests of their campaign contributors. This alignment might not necessarily be due to direct quid pro quo arrangements but could be a reflection of the officials' policy preferences and the interests of their constituents or supporters.
It's worth noting that CRs are public documents, and the details of the funding are available for scrutiny. While a CR typically maintains funding at existing levels rather than introducing new spending or projects, there can be exceptions. For example, anomalies can be included in a CR, which are provisions that change certain aspects of the spending from the previous year, potentially benefiting specific projects or programs.
Allegations of "hidden agendas" would require transparency and accountability. Campaign finance laws require disclosure of campaign contributions, and such disclosures are intended to provide transparency about who is financially supporting lawmakers' election campaigns. Vigilance by the media, watchdog groups, and the public is essential to ensure that the process remains as transparent and fair as possible, holding elected officials accountable for their actions and decisions.