“Solyndra, you’re breaking my cred…”
I am in shock. I am in veritable shock. Somebody put together a parody of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecelia…” …that actually scans. Meanwhile, in other news: it’s just come out that Solyndra made a last minute lobbying effort to influence Congress’s investigation of the company. Didn’t work, of course – the Republican-led House is in no mood for shenanigans, particularly when they’re shenanigans that started | Read More »
DCCC desperate to recruit dirty, dirty lobbyists.
Ach, forgive me: in DCCC chair Steve Israel’s mind former Democratic Congressmen who are now the aforementioned dirty, dirty lobbyists are really just poor souls who have to eat and pay the bills. They’re also the only hint of a glimpse of a hope that the man has at putting up something like a competitive roster of candidates in 2012, too. See, here’s the underlying | Read More »
Jay Inslee (D, WA) uses lobbyist letter for Net Neutrality push.
I believe that the technical term for this is “Oops.” A letter that Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is circulating on Capitol Hill expressing gushing support for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s controversial proposal to subject broadband to tougher regulation wasn’t written by the congressman. How do we know? Digital fingerprints left by the author, Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, a media watchdog. (H/T: Ed | Read More »
Rep. Charles Rangel (D, NY) violated ethical rules.
Not a good time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi: The House ethics committee has found Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, violated House rules by failing to properly disclose financial details of trips to the Caribbean, senior congressional officials said Thursday. After several months of investigation, the ethics panel determined Mr. Rangel didn’t inform the ethics committee of the corporate source of | Read More »
Of *course* K Street thrived in 2009.
Surely nobody actually believed that the Democrats were seriously going to cut back in the amount of lobbying that was done, given both that party’s a: natural predilections and b: habit of creating and passing ridiculously expensive and over-complicated legislation last year? The resultant explosion of lobbying cannot be a surprise… Though the Obama administration has tried to put the squeeze on lobbyists, the president’s | Read More »
Hey, what do these twelve legislators have in common?
This is via That’s My Congress, which is about to become very confused about why it’s getting traffic from a VRWC site. Here’s the list: Lois Capps Michael Capuano Ben Cardin Diana DeGette Eliot Engel Barney Frank Alan Grayson Carolyn McCarthy Bill Pascrell Adam Schiff Allyson Schwartz Heath Shuler …and they have two things in common. First, they’re all Democrats. Second, they all have email | Read More »
Tags: Adam Schiff
, alan grayson
, Allyson Schwartz
, barney frank
, ben cardin
, Bill Pascrell
, carolyn mccarthy
, corporate shills
, Culture of Corruption
, Diana DeGette
, Eliot Engel
, Heath Shuler
, Lois Capps
, Michael Capuano
Real quick: was your vote last November primarily due to corporations?
(H/T: Big Government) As in, you hated them (and lobbyists) with the passion of a million burning suns, you wanted them broken, and you decided that your guy would wash the Washington stables clean? Yeah. About that. From the Wall Street Journal: Raising taxes on the overseas profits of American firms has been a central plank of Barack Obama’s agenda since his campaign for President | Read More »
‘You almost have to feel sorry’ for Chris Dodd (D-CT).
Here’s a brief intelligence test. Question: If you are a Senator who has spent the last week bashing lobbyists in a desperate attempt to look like a populist, would you or would you not attend an elitist DSCC retreat designed to put Democratic politicians and K Street checkbooks in the same room? If the answer is “you would not attend,” congratulations: you’re smarter than Chris | Read More »
Peter Visclosky’s (D IN-01) links to PMA pay-for-play?
“Troubled.” How droll. It’s Pete Visclosky (D, IN-01), by the way. I repeat it because the AP can’t seem to. Visclosky’s ties to troubled PMA Group run deep. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has promised to return money from donors with ties to a troubled lobbying group, but critics say his ties to PMA Group run deep. The northwest Indiana congressman’s former chief | Read More »
K Street is adapting perfectly well to a Democratic-controlled government.
They’re apparently loving it, in fact. K Street rebounds as many firms sign clients at fast pace K Street’s economy appears to be on the rebound as a number of firms are reporting a sharp increase in new clients, a trend lobbyists attributed to the new president’s far-reaching agenda. The combination of a deepening recession and the distraction of the 2008 campaign, which kept Congress | Read More »