Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell More Concerned About Keep His Job Than Creating New Ones for Kentuckians

Washington, D.C.— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is preparing a “presidential-level” campaign for 2014 and is spending “hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly,” according to his own congressional staff, a sign that Kentucky’s senior Senator is more concerned about keeping his own job than creating new jobs for Kentuckians.

Mitch McConnell Stands Up for Big Oil Donors, Holding Middle Class Tax Cuts Hostage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced today that he will hold the extension of middle class tax cuts hostage unless an unrelated provision about the Keystone XL oil pipeline project is included—a major handout to his Big Oil donors that could leave millions of Americans facing a tax increase in the new year.

ONE YEAR LATER: After Dodd-Frank Financial Reform, Do the Banks Still Run the Place?

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” legislation passed by Congress to rein in the banks and protect consumers from the practices that led to the economic collapse. Since it’s passage, Wall Street interests have continued to exert influence over Congress in efforts to weaken, repeal, or as one bank lobbyist said recently, “reform the reform.”

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.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Special Interest Lap Dog and Pony Show

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 5-July 8, 2011.

Mitch McConnell Sides with Wall Street

Pat Garofalo at ThinkProgress notes that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said today that anything Congress could do to slow down the implementation of Wall Street regulations passed in the wake of the economic collapse, “the better America will be.”

America won't be better off with delays, but I bet his campaign account will be by working to delay these regulations.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics:

Check Out Our Work This Week!

Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund were hard at work this week putting out a variety of memos, statements, and reports. Here's a round up of our recent work:

50 Senators side with Big Oil (and its campaign cash)

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Sen. McConnell's History of Opposition

Today, the U.S. House passed legislation to repeal the presidential financing system. As we noted this morning—it was a pure political stunt, further pushing our elections into the hands of an elite class of wealthy donors.

Sen. Cornyn raising money tomorrow - the day of financial industry vote

Tomorrow, Sen. Jeff Cornyn is scheduled to attend, "Margaritas and Mariachi," a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) fundraiser—the same day we might see a cloture vote on the financial overhaul legislation.

 

Also this week, Sen. Bob Menendez will continue to push his legislation to increase the economic liablility caps for companies like BP from $75 million to $10 billion.