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My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]

Republicans Are To Blame For The Shutdown! Give Me Lots Of Money!

What’s wrong with politics is that the American people, Republican and Democrat alike, are allowing themselves to be manipulated like Pavlov’s dogs. [...]

Rand Paul Partied with Lobbyists for Tax Cheats Before Introducing Bill to Let Tax Cheats off the Hook

November 6, 2012: Credit Suisse banker pleads guilty to participating in a scheme to help 150 ultra-wealthy Americans hide millions of dollars of income in Swiss bank accounts so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us.

First quarter, 2013: Credit Suisse hires lobbying firm Covington & Burling LLP to advocate on [...]

Harold Camping: Forget Those Ends of the World. How about some Money?

In yesterday’s mail:

Harold Camping’s Family Radio Network is forgetting those things which are behind. Never mind the March 2011 end of the world. Never mind the other end of the world in October 2011. Camping’s camp is reaching forward for those donations that lie before them, pressing toward this month’s fundraising goals. To [...]

9 Days Out from End of World, Harold Camping Radio Program rolls out Fundraiser

The media isn’t paying as much attention this time around, but Harold Camping is back, predicting The End Of The World on October 21, just nine days from now:

We have also learned that God is still teaching that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked and will not punish the wicked [...]

Top 10 Contributors to 527 Political Groups in the 3rd Quarter of 2010

When the Center for Responsive Politics reviewed contributions to Section 527 political organizations during the 2nd Quarter of 2010, their headline shouted Big Donors!. The headline was merited by their finding that the top ten donors together gave $6.7 million to political groups during the period. If we’re looking for a headline for the 3rd [...]

Three Times Now: Richard Burr rejects NC invitations, parties with DC lobbyists

In August of 2009, Senator Richard Burr said he didn’t have the time to attend a civic forum in his home state of North Carolina; he declined the invitation. But Burr did have time to attend a party thrown in his honor by DC Beltway lobbyists for the financial services industry. Many checks to Burr [...]

Charles Boustany offers Lobbyists a Complimentary Package for $5,000

Hey, lobbyists! Congressman Charles Boustany would like you to know that if you visit him at the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans this weekend and write out a check to him (care of the Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism) for $5,000, you get the special complimentary package.

My guess is that the package [...]

Americans Elect and the Fundraiser Without Funds

Here’s a small curiosity to puzzle over.

In its 2nd quarter 2010 IRS disclosure, Americans Elect, the Section 527 Corporation with the goal of electing its own U.S. presidential ticket in 2012, lists a $603 “fundraising expense” at Boston’s Nine Zero Hotel on June 27, 2010. But no funds are reported to have been raised [...]

When You Go Back to Work Tomorrow, Congress Will Be…

…out of session. Both the House and Senate will fail to reconvene tomorrow. It’s not like there are any problems that need solving right away, right?

We shouldn’t assume that Representatives and Senators won’t be busy this week, however. Special meetings in which members of Congress listen to big money donors are popular at this [...]

The Money-Driven Life

Dishonesty, bigotry, greed, waste, and an inability to accept responsibility. If those are the elements of his “Purpose-Drive Life”, I can understand why attendance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church is dwindling as of late. [...]