Clips Round-up for 1/19/11
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections Christine O’Donnell finds a new way to pay rent Because having one PAC under investigation isn’t enough, Christine O’Donnell has launched a super PAC. Paul Blumenthal smartly asks, “At what point does political activity becoming pure grifting?” Reversing Citizens United Katrina vanden Heuvel’s latest Washington Post column, on the anniversary of Citizens United, says, “In future elections, corporations and shadowy organizations will have a clearer understanding of the boundaries they are operating within, a reality that is sure to translate into more undisclosed cash.” She mentions Fair Elections as a as a complement to disclosure as a way to “empower small donors.” Citizens United: One year later Great new report from Public Citizen “reveals a year’s worth of damage done by the court’s decision.” McCain-Fengold Crunch Ben and Jerry (yes, that Ben and Jerry) have organized a coalition of businesses to protest the Citizens United decision, calling it “Business for Democracy.” Ben and Jerry are people “Ben & Jerry’s” is not. Congress/2012 Protestors to target Koch Brothers’ secretive “billionaires caucus” Common Cause and others will protest the Koch Brothers’ big meeting next week in Palm Springs. Common Cause Communications Director Mary Boyle: “An elite few like the Kochs are taking tighter control of our government by tapping vast corporate profits to influence public policy.” Lieberman will not run in 2012, adviser says And Sen. Lieberman will announce today that he will not run for re-election. With eyes on 2012, lawmakers kickoff fundraisers The 2012 election is only what, 22 months away? Sunlight’s Nancy Watzman: “This is how members are welcomed to Washington. Lawmakers hold out their hands, and lobbyists pull out their checkbooks." JP Morgan wrongly foreclosed on military families “J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) wrongly foreclosed on 14 active-service military families and overcharged thousands more on their mortgages, an ongoing internal bank review has found.” By law, foreclosures aren’t allowed for active duty military members.
- Just saying—JP Morgan Chase gave $1.5 million in campaign cash in 2010, $4.6 in 2008.
Ambassadorial openings for open wallets “These jobs are getting very, very expensive - the really plum ones are likely to go for upward of $1 million.” That’s $1 million in campaign cash bundling, of course. Gloves come off on oversight panel as Dem calls for no “silly” Obama probes House Oversight Ranking Member isn’t holding back in criticizing Darrell Issa’s planned investigations. Pelosi has yet to appoint members of outside ethics board “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has yet to reappoint members to an outside ethics board she created, fueling speculation that internal Democratic Caucus opposition is causing the delay...” Other White calls for public financing for state Supreme Court races A state senator in Washington has introduced legislation to create public financing system of Supreme Court races. Pay to play: Corporations pay for new GOP governors’ inaugural balls to gain better access ThinkProgress has a compilation of the special interests paying for inaugural balls in several states. Governor Cuomo’s disclosure pledge Cuomo said he believes in transparency—so he needs to push a group of business leaders formed to support his agenda to disclose their donors.