class of 2010

Larry Bucshon: Lobbyists don't give money

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) held a townhall meeting in his district on Monday and had some heated discussions with his constituents. When asked if Washington would ever get rid of lobbyists: “’No,’ Bucshon answered, saying that lobbyists represented regular people and were not giving money to congressional members.”

Really?

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Wall Street Celebrates an Anniversary Every Day of the Year

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 18-July 22, 2011.

Priorities?

"Stop doing your job, and get to work!" That, of course, is not an actual quote from Republican party leadership, but after some members of the class of 2010 reported low fundraising numbers this quarter, one could imagine them hearing it. Open Secrets has a blog post today that delves into the fundraising numbers of the freshman class of lawmakers, who were sent here presumably to legislate, and have found that's not necessarily the priority. 

Class of 2010 Motto?: Dance With the Ones Who Brung Ya

It seems that when the class of 2010 lawmakers aren't busy following the advise of longtime members of Congress on the need to raise huge amounts of campaign cash, they're "hard at work" paying back campaign contributors from the last election. Politico reports today that many freshman are fine-tuning the ancient D.C. craft of passing legislation tailored specifically toward their big money campaign donors.

How's That "Anti-Washington, D.C. Culture" Thing Working Out For You?

A story in Politico today illustrates perfectly how Washington, D.C. works. With the need to raise huge sums of campaign cash for the next election well underway, the very large freshman class of Republican lawmakers are taking direction from old DC hats and teaming up to raise money by forming joint fundraising committees.

Energy lobbyists fueling campaign coffers?

A day after a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on legislation that would gut some important provisions of the Clean Air Act, POLITICO reports this morning that energy lobbyists are “scrambling to win over the newbie lawmakers with finely tuned talking points, briefing books — and of course, campaign contributions for Republicans, some of whom already are facing tough races just two years out.”

Mo Money

In an story on NPR today, newly elected Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), pictures on right, is featured in a story by Peter Overby about freshman fundraising and the lobbyists are already trying to buy access and influence with new members. Speaking of his fundraisers, Rep.

A Return On Their Investment?

The Washington Post has a story today on how corporate donations to the new Republican leaders in he House has soared since last November's elections. The surge in corporate campaign dollars comes as the new leadership is working to repeal or scale back legislation that Wall Street and Health Care interests fought hard against in the last Congress.

ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED: CREW alleges lawmakers who played hookie from swearing-in to attend fundraiser on Capitol grounds violated law, House rules

The Washington Post reports that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed an ethics complaint against the two lawmakers who missed their swearing-in for the 112th Congress while attending a fundraiser, contending, among other things, that the two congressmen violated federal law and House rules by holding a fundraiser in the Capitol.

NEW PCAF REPORT: Wall Street Money or Tea Party Energy?

Public Campaign Action Fund released a report today detailing the campaign contributions winning Tea Party candidates received from Wall Street interests in the 2010 election cycle. These 52 candidates, identified by ABC News as “Tea Party Winners, received at least $11.1 million from the finance, insurance, and real estate sector in the 2010 cycle.