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"12 really large checks"

"12 really large checks"

That’s how a lobbyist was quoted in a news story describing how he was preparing for the 12-member congressional deficit committee that will be charged with finding further ways to reduce the deficit.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Wall Street Celebrates an Anniversary Every Day of the Year

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 18-July 22, 2011.

During default crisis, McConnell raising money from tax dodger and big recipients of government funds

Today, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the guest of honor at a lunch fundraiser hosted at the Blank Rome lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. That is not unusual, of course; he has raised $2.5 million from lawyers and lobbyists during his time in Congress, according to data found at the Center for Responsive Politics website. Blank Rome’s PAC and lobbyists have donated $13,000 to his campaigns.

Romney Backers Launch "Super PAC" Run By a Lobbyist

The Washington Post reports that ”a group of prominent Mitt Romney backers has quietly launched a ‘super pac’ to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of his bid for the White House, according to organizers and others involved in the effort.”

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Realities of a Post-Citizens United World

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 13-17, 2011.

"No Longer Indirect or Subtle"

There has long been a "wink and a nod" between our elected officials and many special interests (and their lobbyists), but as Norman Ornstein writes in Roll Call today, after the U.S. Surpeme Court Citizens United v. FEC ruling, that isn't even necessary any more.

Now even the threat of voting the "wrong" way can bring on a torrent of independent spending that can crush the reelection hopes of lawmakers in Congress.

From the Roll Call piece:

GOP Presidential Candidate, Gov. Buddy Roemer, Nails It

Yesterday Think Progress's Lee Fang interviewed longshot Republican presidential candidate, former Louisianna Gov. Buddy Roemer, and he had some very poignant things to say about why Washington is broken.

From the interview: "Right now, too often the political debate has become about the money and not about the issues. And those who have the money have a vested interest in the results and you never know who they are...I have full disclosure and I challenge my opponents to do the same."

Budget Deal: Lobbyists score big win

While much of the attention in the 11th hour budget deal was focused on policy riders dealing with social issues, the New York Times reports that wealthy business interests successfully killed "free-choice vouchers," a key health care law provision that would have allowed some workers to pick their own insurance coverage through employer-financed vouchers.

After Taking Away Workers Rights, Wisconsin GOP Coming to Washington, D.C. for Corporate Lobbyist Payoff

Talking Points Memo has a story today on the corporate lobbyist fundraiser being held next week for the Wisconsin Republicans who just voted to strip state workers of their rights. The fundraiser is being hosted by The BGR Group, one of the largest corporate lobbyng firms in the country.

BP's Growing Presence in Washington

Bloomberg reports this morning that the oil giant BP has hired the Republican lobbying firm Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, adding a few more lobbyists to its already strong stable of K Street powerbrokers.

Let’s follow the money: