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DC Super Lobbyists: Yes, Money in Politics is a Problem

“50 to 75”

That’s how many fundraiser invites Quinn Gillespie Associates President John Feehery says he gets in a week. QGA Chairman Jack Quinn said for him, “It varies, but I get a lot more invitations than I can afford to respond to.”

Another day, another Mitch McConnell lobbyist fundraiser

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is scheduled to speak at an event for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Friday “about the so-called fiscal cliff crisis that was recently averted, his role in the agreement that was reached, and what it will mean for the American people moving forward. He’ll also discuss upcoming issues to be debated in Congress, such as spending and our country’s long-term debt.”

Mitch McConnell Kicks Off 2014 Campaign With DC Lobbyists

Fresh off an embarrassing Election Day for Senate Republicans, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-Ky.) held a fundraiser for his “2014 kickoff” with about two-dozen Washington lobbyists.

The event, held at the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee offices, was “packed” with at least 21 lobbyists, according to Politico.

42 Lobbyists Raised $9 Million For Mitt Romney From July to September

“Some of the highest-level positions in a potential Romney administration are expected be filled by former lobbyists and Washington insiders,” Politico reported on Monday.

Access at the DNC

"About six blocks."

Report: 748 Lobbyists Donate to Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney’s campaign and joint victory committee with the Republic National Committee have received $1.87 million in campaign contributions from 748 registered Washington lobbyists and dozens of corporate PACs, according to Huffington Post analysis of records filed with the Secretary of the Senate.

Pro-Obama Super PAC Accepts Lobbyist Campaign Cash

The Obama campaign has famously pledged to not take any money from lobbyists, but that didn't stop Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, from taking in more than half a million dollars from a lobby shop that has that has worked on behalf of commercial banks. The Los Angeles Times reports that Priorities USA "accepted $500,000 from Perennial Strategy Group, which has lobbied for commercial banks and the MGM Mirage, among other clients.

Renacci, Gibbs, Johnson raise cash from "at least one hundred K Streeters"

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) hosted a fundraiser in Washington last night that likely raised over $125,000 for three of his state’s vulnerable U.S. House members—Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, and Jim Renacci.

According to Politico (emphasis added):

25 Lobbyists Have Bundled Over $3 Million for Romney's Campaign

Four lobbyists bundled $130,260 in contributions for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in April, bringing to $3 million the contributions that registered lobbyists have bundled for the Romney campaign, according to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports.

The lobbyists bundling contributions for Romney in April include:

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.