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The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How to Call the Fat Cats Fat

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 20-24, 2011.

The Endless Campaign

Who has time to govern when there's so much fundraising to do for the next election? An op-ed in the Virginia News Leader answers the question correctly: not Congress!

From the op-ed:

"This endless electioneering limits the work of governing, especially at the national level where large amounts of money are needed to campaign effectively, compelling candidates to spend more time fundraising."

Darrell Issa Should Look in the Mirror

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will hold a hearing today as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to “explore the challenges of separating politics from policy under the Hatch Act,” according to Politico. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from participating in partisan political activity.

It's How the Game is Played

"Don't hate the players, hate the game." That old saying seems particularly appropriate for our current campaign finance system that seems to reward those who least deserve it. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein had a piece yesterday bemoaning how despite bringing our economy to the brink of collapse, being bailed out by the taxpayers, and getting protected in Congress, Wall Street continues to be the go-to spot for high-dollar campaign fundraising.

George Allen's Questionable Company

Former Sen. George Allen (and current Senate candidate) is holding a fundraiser today with some of his former colleagues at Cava, a Mediterranean restaurant, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Big Oil Cash Pays Off

Earlier this month, the U.S. House passed legislation to greatly expand offshore oil drilling in the United States. In April, many of the members that voted for this legislation also pocketed cash from big oil PACs, according to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of FEC filings.

According to the Huffington Post:

Mr. Cantor and Mr. Boehner go to Wall Street

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) are traveling to New York City this week for meetings with Wall Street executives--complete with a big money fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.

House GOP Seeks Days of Wall Street Yore, With Eye on Campaign Cash Future

"Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee are having a campaign fundraiser this week," says the New York Times editorial today. Not literally; that wouldn't be unusual.

Campaign Ad Controversy

On Friday, Democrats launched a new outside spending group, Priorities USA, in hopes of competing with conservative outfits that spent big influencing the 2010 election. Public Campaign Communications Director Adam Smith discussed the group on CBS News.

How's That "Anti-Washington, D.C. Culture" Thing Working Out For You?

A story in Politico today illustrates perfectly how Washington, D.C. works. With the need to raise huge sums of campaign cash for the next election well underway, the very large freshman class of Republican lawmakers are taking direction from old DC hats and teaming up to raise money by forming joint fundraising committees.