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Susan Collins and the Blackstone Group Mystery

What are the chances of six lobbyists for the Blackstone Group, from three different lobbying firms, randomly happening to attend the same fundraising party for Senator Susan Collins? [...]

Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars [...]

Wall St. and Lobbyist Shill Sam Waterston At Stewart Rally

The John Stewart Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear is featuring corporate spokesman Sam Waterston, who promoted the lobbyist power grab project of Unity08. What kind of “sanity” is he working to “restore”? [...]

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 [...]

Pat Meehan Uses Lobbyist Party To Get Cash For Congressional Campaign

Pat Meehan is campaigning from lobbyists’ offices in Washington D.C., so what makes the people living back in the 7th district of Pennsylvania think Meehan will represent their interests in Congress? [...]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)

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Annotated List: the 31 Democrats demanding Tax Cuts for the Rich, and their Latest Fundraiser Ticket Price

The 31 Democrats who just demanded that the rich get a tax cut are an interesting bunch. Consider their latest fundraisers. How much does it cost to get in?

If you want to get close to Jason Altmire, try paying $5,000 to “Host” one of the breakfasts he likes to hold at a DC wine [...]

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 [...]

Another Explosion on an Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico

There’s been another explosion on another offshore oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll learn more in the hours to come: it initially looks as though this rig wasn’t drilling at the time, making damage less extensive. Hopefully there is no loss of life.

This latest incident makes even less credible the insistence [...]

Multinational Robot-War AUVSI Sucks from a Deep Well of Congressional Influence

When the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) testified to a congressional committee this week, it was the first I’d heard of the organization, although I’m not likely to forget it now. After all, AUVSI is the group that spoke in favor of the domestic deployment and deregulated international sales of military robot drones [...]

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 [...]