Submitted by Adam Smith on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 20:55
At protests across the country Occupiers fought back against a political system that too often looks out for their 1% campaign donors, the supercommittee made influencing-peddling easier for special interests, and the Supreme Court once again sided with big money. Those events and more make up our 2011 list of top money-in-politics stories.
Check out the full list and if you have your own suggestions for items we left off, leave them in the comments below.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 15:09
Public Campaign, along with Oil Change international, released a new report yesterday: "Payback Time? The Supercommittee & Fossil Fuel Subsidies." The report shows that the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “supercommittee,” have received at least $4.2 million in campaign contributions from dirty energy interests lobbying to keep their wasteful taxpayer subsidies.
Submitted by Adam Smith on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 20:48
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, will be holding a fundraiser for his JEBFund leadership PAC on Tuesday with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).
According to Politico Influence, $5,000 will get you “admittance to all 2011 JEBFund events.”
That’s right ladies and gentleman, for the low, low price of $5,000 you too can have a season pass to the supercommittee co-chair.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 16:07
A man of his word. The third quarter fundraising totals for members of Congress have been released, and records show that supercommittee member, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has kept his pledge to give up fundraising for himself while the deficit commission conducts its work.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:32
Yesterday our friends at Oil Change International, along with 52 other groups, sent a letter to the members of the supercommittee demanding that the elimination of government handouts to the oil, coal and gas industries be a central part of the deficit reduction plan they are to present to the full Congress by November 23rd.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:10
Public Campaign, along with National People's Action, released a new report today: "Wall Street and the Supercommittee: The $41 Million Question." The report details the close ties from Wall Street and other financial industry interests to the supercommittee.