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The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How a Penny Became Not Nearly Enough For Your Thoughts

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 15-Aug 19, 2011.

What's in a Name?

"The names have been changed to protect the revolving door." You could say that. It's hard to say for sure, but it seems a little fishy. Think Progress reports on a former Goldman Sachs Vice President who changed his name shortly before going on to become a top staffer to House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (D-Calif.).

A Penny For Your Thoughts? Better Make It $35

"Pay-to-say meetings?" Want to ask a question of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)? That'll be $15. Maybe you want to ask freshman Congressman Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) about his stance on the deficit reduction committee? I hope you've got $35 to spare. That's right, during this congressional summer recess when our elected representatives head back to their districts to presumably meet with constituents, these Members, and countless others like them, are holding town hall meetings. But you've got to pony up to get in.

Deficit Super Committee: Who Will They Look Out For?

Who will the deficit reduction “super committee” look out for, regular Americans, or their special interest campaign donors?

Fore(thousand) Dollars Please!

The relationship between a member of Congress and their constituents should be similar to a golfer and their caddie. The caddie is there to help navigate them around the course, offer local insight, and help the golfer understand the conditions on the ground, so that they can respond accordingly. But when the caddie isn't even along for the ride, and is made a far-away spectator, his/her concerns are ignored.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and...It's a Lobbyist, It's a Campaign Check, It's a..."Super Congress!"

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 1-Aug 5, 2011.

"12 really large checks"

"12 really large checks"

That’s how a lobbyist was quoted in a news story describing how he was preparing for the 12-member congressional deficit committee that will be charged with finding further ways to reduce the deficit.

DEBT DEAL: "Super Congress" Will Make Influencing-peddling That Much Easier

The "Super Congress" created in the debt ceiling deal to address additional spending cuts or revenues will make it cheaper for Wall Street, tax dodging corporations, and special interest lobbyists to influence the spending cuts and revenue debate in Washington, according to a statement from Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF).

Same Ol' Song and Dance

Members of Congress love Taylor Swift! Wait, that doesn't seem quite right. Let's try again. Members of Congress love FUNDRAISING at Taylor Swift concerts. Yes, that's it. Public Campaign Action Fund discovered this phenomenon last year, and it looks like even more Members are getting in on the act in 2011.

Debt Crisis=Cha-ching!

If there's one thing that Congress is good at, it's finding new ways to rake in campaign contributions. Politico reported today on how many members of Congress of both parties are using the debt limit crisis as a tool to raise campaign cash.