Michele Bachmann

End of Summer Recap: The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Summer of Special Interest Money "Well" Spent

It's been a whirlwind end of the summer. Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from August 19-September 16, 2011.

FROM THE BLOG:

Do Something About It, Michele

At last night's Republican presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann went after Rick Perry for taking money from Merck, a pharmaceutical giant, and then issuing an executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations that Merck produces. While this is certainly troubling, and her noting of the influence of wealthy corporate and special interests is correct, her own record makes it clear that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

ONE YEAR LATER: After Dodd-Frank Financial Reform, Do the Banks Still Run the Place?

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” legislation passed by Congress to rein in the banks and protect consumers from the practices that led to the economic collapse. Since it’s passage, Wall Street interests have continued to exert influence over Congress in efforts to weaken, repeal, or as one bank lobbyist said recently, “reform the reform.”

Michele Bachmann's Stand for Wall Street

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) will soon introduce legislation that would repeal the financial reform bill passed by the last Congress, according to a report last night from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She’s already sent out a “Dear Colleague,” letter to her fellow members urging them to sign on as original co-sponsors of the legislation.