It seems that even the Easter Bunny hangs out with K Street lobbyists. Those associated with the holiday that brings us baskets of eggs and sweet, sugary snacks have been working overtime to gain influence with lawmakers.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, lobbying expenditures by the National Confectioners Association and United Egg Producers have risen dramatically in recent years.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
HuffPost: Cynthia Bauerly, FEC Commissioner, To Resign On February 1
Maybe this will actually force President Obama to appoint commissioners to the FEC? Even before Bauerly’s resignation, five of six positions were filled by commissioners on expired terms.
Jack Gillum at AP pulls together the top donors to the Obama and Romney campaigns (and super PACs). Obama: Fred Eychaner, James Simons, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Irwin Jacobs, Jon Stryker. Romney: Shel Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, Robert Rowling, Bill Koch.
Another no-show for campaign finance issues at the debate last night, though Mitt Romney did hit Obama for attending a fundraiser in Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack.
It's the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 100th birthday. On Friday, Public Citizen and a host of organizations are going to be rallying in DC against their dark money spending. Details here.
What are you doing over the holiday weekend? Sens. Mike Enzi and Jeff Sessions will head to the Casa Marina resort in Key Largo for a fundraiser. Me, I'll be at a wedding in West Virginia. Clips will resume Tuesday morning.
Scary story on judicial elections: "While deep-pocketed super PACs and ultra-wealthy donors have attracted plenty of attention in the presidential contest this year, they are also making waves further down the political food chain.
The Chronicles of Money, Politics, "Insufficient Influence," Freshman Fundraising in Paradise, and the Plunger of Justice
Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 12 through March 23, 2012.