class of 2010

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Tea Party Congressmen Accept Cash From Bailed-Out Bankers

After the 2010 election, Public Campaign Action Fund looked at the Wall Street campaign cash behind all of the new “Tea Party” members of Congress. In our report, released just days before these new members were sworn in, we wrote:

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.

House Freshmen Caught in the Act

On Friday, CBS News released an undercover investigation into a recent fundraiser for freshmen House Republicans at a luxury resort in Florida. The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. is “where we caught up with a select group of Republican freshmen, engaged in business as usual. But they didn't come alone.

Just Another Day in Special Interest Fundraising Paradise for GOP Freshman

With much of the country (and surely many of their own constituents) suffering in a tough economy, the class of 2010 jets off to Florida to raise big money. CBS News reported this morning on a group 12 Republican freshman House members taking a nice little trip down to paradise to raise campaign cash from special interest lobbyists.

Rep. Mike Pompeo Writes Op-ed Defending His Top Campaign Donor

Freshman Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has an op-ed in Politico this morning defending billionaire energy tycoons Charles and David Koch. "Stop harassing the Koch brothers!" the headline reads.

"Charles Koch and David Koch, co-owners of Koch Industries, are U.S. citizens, taxpayers, entrepreneurs and employers," he writes. He should know, their company invested in a company he ran.

But that's not all!

Rep. Kristi Noem the Latest to Invite Hearing Witnesses Who Also Happen to be Campaign Donors

Need a sure-fire way to get some positive testimony at a congressional hearing? Just invite the people who butter your bread. The Aberdeen News picked up an Associated Press story on how twice in the last four months Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D) has held congressional hearings that were littered with witnesses that are contributors to her campaign war chest.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and The $41 Million Question

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from September 26 through September 30, 2011.

Freshman GOPers a Quick Study in D.C. Fundraising Culture

"They might be rookies, but freshman Republicans are becoming Washington fundraising pros."

Most Corrupt Members of Congress

The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their seventh annual Most Corrupt report, highlighting the most corrupt members of Congress. This year's report names "19 members of Congress – 14 members whose actions violated the law or who otherwise engaged in serious misconduct, and five others whose lack of regard for the rules earned them a dishonorable mention."

Is Austin Scott Working for Constituents or Washington Lobbyists?

In the Washington Post today, Dana Milbank writes about the one piece of legislation freshman Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) has introduced since coming to Congress. Milbank writes: