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Mo Money

In an story on NPR today, newly elected Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), pictures on right, is featured in a story by Peter Overby about freshman fundraising and the lobbyists are already trying to buy access and influence with new members. Speaking of his fundraisers, Rep.

Tea Party Caucus: Same ol' Washington, D.C. song and dance

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reports that despite running against the Washington, D.C. establishment, newly-elected Tea Party favorites are already filling their staff's with lobbyists and cashing special interest campaign checks.  

Revolving door: Next up, Speaker-elect Boehner

Politico reports today that Speaker-elect John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired the medical device industry’s chief lobbyist as his policy director. The new hire, Brett Loper, was a major player in opposing health care reform. 

NOW HIRING: K Street lobbyists for chief of staff positions

The Hill has a story today on newly elected Republican lawmakers hiring lobbyists to head their staff's. At least nine soon-to-be members of Congress are embracing the revolving door that has become a staple on Capitol Hill.

" A good investment"

Roll Call has a story today on K street lobbyists, in anticipation of a possible Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, cozying up to would-be Speaker John Boehner, and advising their clients to "invest" in Republican candidates.


Washington Post editorial: Maryland, where good government reforms go to die

The Washington Post has an editorial today on the Maryland General Assembly and the lack of action on good government reforms, despite a number of recent scandals.


"Only in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform legislation goes to
die, would so few be struck by the irony that bills to shine a light on
government and dampen the influence of special interests are killed more
or less in secret."


Too Washington

Today in the Huffington Post, Public Campaign President & CEO, Nick Nyhart, discusses how last night's election result in Massachusetts was a referendum on politics in a Washington that places the interests of Wall Street titans and corporate executives ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.


"Hidden Bundles" of Lobbyist Cash Influencing Health Care Debate

The Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics have teamed up on a study that shows “contribution clusters” from outside lobbyists and their health care industry clients to key members of Congress.


Baltimore Sun on Big Money and Health Care Reform

The Baltimore Sun has an editorial today on the battle in Congress over health care reform and the role that big money will play in the outcome. The editorial cites a recently released report by Common Cause.


Nick Nyhart in The Worcester Telegram and Gazette News

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette News quotes Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director Nick Nyhart on the relationship between candidates and special interest donors.