House Oversight Committee Chairman, Rep. Darell Issa (R-Calif.), "is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN," according to a story yesterday in the Huffington Post.
The accused group, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), issued this vehement denial immediately following the announcement.
From the NYCC statment: "Let's be clear on the facts: no one at NYCC had anything to do with the conceiving, founding or funding of Occupy Wall Street. We work on a daily basis to fight against illegal foreclosures and to keep the Millionaires Tax in place, so that $5 billion in social services don't get gutted for the poor. We are allies and work with Occupy Wall Street on occasion and we certainly understand, at the deepest level, its call for economic justice for the 99 Percent of Americans struggling to survive. We know it's hard for billionaires such as Rupert Murdoch and the 1 percent to comprehend how a movement like Occupy came into fruition, but we doubt Murdoch or Roger Ailes have ever been in a similar position as the millions of American families who are out of work and fed up with our political process."
But perhaps it isn't that Issa is doing the bidding of Fox News; maybe its that he's just looking out for his big money Wall Street backers. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Issa has recieved $639,314 in campaign contributions from Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) interests his career. And at least $59,400 for the 2012 election cycle alone.
Whether it's Wall Street darling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) attempting to demonize the Occupy movement, or this most recent effort to delegitimize the movement, it seems like many of the members of Congress who benefit the most from Wall Street campaign cash will leave no stone unturned when it comes to defending the 1%. Apparently even probes into annonymously sourced stories on Fox News are more important than working to create jobs or help struggling constituents.
If only Issa and his ilk would stand up for their constituents like he does for Wall Street, Congress' approval might just crack 10%.