The New York Times reports today that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), usually in the thick of Senate negotiations, “is looking more like its Invisible Man as he balances his leadership imperatives with his re-election ones.”
And that, “his decision to stay out of the budget fray is one of the central reasons a resolution seems distant at the moment.”
Let’s hope he finds his voice by Thursday—he’s got a lobbyist-fueled fundraiser to attend.
“More than half a dozen prominent K Streeters are hosting a fundraising dinner Sept. 26 for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection effort,” Politico’ Byron Tau recently reported.
Hosts include in-house lobbyists for Google, Hewlett-Packard, and US Policy Metrics, as well as representatives from lobbying giant Akin Gump. The firm’s clients include the US Chamber of Commerce, Samsung, Bain Capital, AT&T, and Chevron, among others.
If you donate the maximum amount allowed under the law--$2,600 for the primary or general election or a combined $5,200 for both—you’ll be listed as a co-host or host of the event.
It's worth noting that if Sen. McConnell gets his way at the Supreme Court in a few weeks, those limits will go away and these representatives for wealthy special interests (and anyone else with cash to spare) will be able to give unlimited sums directly to McConnell and other politicians.
On October 8th, his lawyer will urge the Supreme Court to invalidate allcontribution limits during oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a challenge to the overall limit on what individuals can donate each election cycle.