The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the "Silly Criticism" That Isn't Silly At All

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Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 8-Aug 12, 2011.

  • Public Campaign (and countless others) don't think it's silly at all. On Wednesday, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, referred to our call for members of the deficit "Super Committee" to cease fundraising for the duration of their work and provide complete transparency, and in particular our call for DSCC Chair, Sen. Patty Murray, to resign that position, a "silly criticism." We responded here.
  • If corporations are people, as Mitt Romney said yesterday, what kind of people would they be? Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF) has some ideas. Also, check out this video that sums up Romney's relationship with corporations.
  • Seems like some tax dodgers might have something to say about the deficit reduction dealings. Will Super Committee co-chair, Rep. Jeb. Hensarling's (R-Texas), ties to tax dodgers influence his position on potential tax reform in a deficit deal? This could be interesting.
  • Big Oil gushes campaign contributions on Rep. Upton (R-Mich.). Poof! He goes from a moderate to vigorously defending them. Eliminating tax subsidies for Big Oil would be a great way to reign in the deficit, one would think. Seems unlikely with Rep. Upton now on the Super Committee. PCAF, along with the League of Conservation Voters issued this press release voicing our concerns with his selection.
  • From the "I'm shocked to learn that there is gambling going on in this establishment" department. PCAF did some in-depth background on all 12 members of the super committee and where they get their campaign cash. And surprise, surprise, they've all got ties to big money interests.
  • Well, that's not very "populisty" now is it. After Tea Party favorite, Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), introduced a seemingly troublesome and hypocritical piece of legislation this week, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank wrote an article on it, and PCAF offered this take.
  • With a lobbyist and campaign contribution bonanza in the cards, it's time to take off your fundraising cap, Senator. After learning of the appointment of the aforementioned DSCC Chair, Sen. Patty Murray, Public Campaign issued this strong statement, calling for her to step down as DSCC Chair to "ensure that the Committee’s work is done in the open and without the undue influence of outside interests.”
  • Where do I sign? The "Contract for the American Dream was released this week, with Fair Elections as one of the pillars. Public Campaign is proud to be a part of this effort.
  • Where would he stand if he had received tons of campaign cash from Medicare recipients? Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) defends Big Oil tax subsidies, and it's easy to see why.
  • Interesting....go oooooonnnnn. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) said at a town hall meeting this week that lobbyists don't give money to members of Congress. The facts (those pesky little things), however, beg to differ.
  • One pricey greens fee. I wonder who can afford it. It seems that country club golf outings and swanky vacation spots are back in vogue for big money fundraising for members of Congress. Methinks lobbyists and CEO's are about the only ones in attendance. Well, maybe the greenskeepers, but much like Congress' relationship to regular people in general, they're just on the outside looking in.
  • "Show us your...meeting schedule." Pressure continues to mount for the deficit super committee to conduct their business in an open way, as more and more members seek ways for the committee to demonstrate transparency. But, it's not enough.

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