Mitch McConnell

Stand With Drones?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently drew attention when he joined his state’s junior senator, Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in hour 11 of his 13-hour talking filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to become director of the CIA, as Paul demanded an answer to whether the administration intended to use drones over American soil.

Mitch McConnell's Ties to Bribery-Linked Mega Donor

Las Vegas Sands Corporation, controlled by top Republican donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, admitted in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing that it “likely violated a federal law against bribing foreign officials.”

Amgen Lobbyist Donated $3,000 to Mitch McConnell in December

Hunter Bates, a longtime aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), donated $3,000 to McConnell’s campaign in December while he was on contract with pharmaceutical giant Amgen to lobby on “fiscal cliff issues,” according to recently released FEC reports. McConnell has faced criticism at home and in Washington for his possible role in the $500 million windfall for Amgen that was included in the final fiscal cliff legislation.

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.”

VIDEO: Yesterday's press conference in Kentucky announcing release of McConnell report

Yesterday, Public Campaign Action Fund released a new report, "Cashing in on Obstruction," detailing how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has used his position in the Senate to obstruct legislation and nominations that directly benefit his major donors. Allies in the state, including the AFL-CIO, CWA, Common Cause, and Progress Kentucky held a press conference announcing the report.

Cashing In On Obstruction: How Mitch McConnell’s Abuse of the Filibuster Benefits His Big Money Donors

January, 2013
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McConnell Looks to House for Firewall Against Campaign Finance Reform

After an election that saw unprecedented amounts of secret money, which left voters in the dark about who was trying to influence their vote, The Hill reports that more and more Republican senators are discussing the need for better disclosure laws.

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.

Senate GOP to Unveil Legislation Giving Big Oil ‘Christmas in July’

Senate Republicans plan to introduce a collection of legislation on Thursday that reads like a “Christmas in July” wish list come true for big oil and gas companies.

According to The Hill, Republican aides say Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) legislation will “require expanded onshore oil-and-gas leasing, allow drilling off Virginia’s coast, and approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.”

Spring Break, Mitch McConnell style

By: David Donnelly, Executive Director, Public Campaign Action Fund