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Rep. Kristi Noem the Latest to Invite Hearing Witnesses Who Also Happen to be Campaign Donors

Need a sure-fire way to get some positive testimony at a congressional hearing? Just invite the people who butter your bread. The Aberdeen News picked up an Associated Press story on how twice in the last four months Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D) has held congressional hearings that were littered with witnesses that are contributors to her campaign war chest.

Job Creators Caucus Chair Skips Out Early on His Own Jobs Fair

"Not now job-seekers, gotta run to fundraiser." Those words might as well have come from House Republican Job Creators Caucus Chair, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.). It seems Congressman Ribble, a former small business man who helped form the Job Creators Caucus, had more important things to do than to stick around his own free jobs fair.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Third Quarter Fundraising

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from October 17 through October 21, 2011.

Freshman GOPers a Quick Study in D.C. Fundraising Culture

"They might be rookies, but freshman Republicans are becoming Washington fundraising pros."

Most Corrupt Members of Congress

The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their seventh annual Most Corrupt report, highlighting the most corrupt members of Congress. This year's report names "19 members of Congress – 14 members whose actions violated the law or who otherwise engaged in serious misconduct, and five others whose lack of regard for the rules earned them a dishonorable mention."

Congress' Sugar Daddy

It seems that Big Oil isn't the only one reaping the benefits of taxpayer subsidies after showering Congress with campaign cash and employing scores of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. The Colorado Independent reports on how Big Sugar has been sweetening the pot for members of Congress for years, and getting what they want in return.

Supercommittee Members Find Time for First Meeting in Between Fundraisers

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "supercommittee," will meet today for the first time, beginning a three month process to reign in the nation's deficit. Considering the flurry of fundraisers some members of the committee are lining up, they better make the most of their time.

Heeding the Call? A Good First Step

Q: Some watchdog groups have called for a moratorium on fundraising for the 12 lawmakers on the committee that will recommend the cuts, to keep the process free of special influence. What do you think about that?

A: "Personally, I've canceled a bunch of events."

In a Word: Huge!

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) released the congressional fundraising numbers for the first half of this year, and not surprisingly, they are huge.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Fighting for something you've been "fighting" against. This latest bit of congressional hypocrisy is brought to you by none other than House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Ryan often claims that closing tax loopholes is a great way to reign in the budget deficit. And he's right. However, while espousing the virtues of closing loopholes, Ryan has also spent his career fighting for them for his biggest campaign donors.