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Mitch McConnell an "Invisible Man?" Not for Lobbyist Donors

The New York Times reports today that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), usually in the thick of Senate negotiations, “is looking more like its Invisible Man as he balances his leadership imperatives with his re-election ones.”

And that, “his decision to stay out of the budget fray is one of the central reasons a resolution seems distant at the moment.”

Let’s hope he finds his voice by Thursday—he’s got a lobbyist-fueled fundraiser to attend.

Mitch McConnell Uses Opposition To Syria Strikes As Campaign Cash Pitch

Moments after the President concluded his speech on the situation in Syria, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent out a fundraising email in an attempt to leverage his opposition to military strikes for campaign contributions.

Wisconsin Senate Republican Tommy Thompson Raising Money From Big Oil

On Wednesday, as Wisconsin Senate candidate and former governor Tommy Thompson (R) was forced to defend statements he made about turning Medicare into a voucher program similar to what was proposed in the Paul Ryan budget he has supported, he was scheduled to attend an “oil and gas industry luncheon” in Washington, D.C—an industry whose billions in subsidies

A tale of two fundraisers: Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown

On Wednesday night, Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and her opponent Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass) are both holding campaign fundraisers.

Warren is hosting a policy team trivia night fundraiser in Somerville, Ma.—the cost to attend is $20 per person or $100 for a team of five. Brown’s is a little different—he will be at Chef Michel Richard’s restaurant Central in Washington, D.C. where individuals need $1,000 to attend (and $2,500 to host).

Scott Brown defends Big Oil

The Senate's Insurance Money

Today, a group of Senators will push to add a health care repeal amendment to the FAA re-authorization bill, legislation that is likely to be voted on this evening. Forty-seven senators have already co-sponsored the stand alone repeal legislation (S. 192), so we can safely say they'll vote for the amendment.

Oil Money Trumps Energy Policy

Yesterday evening the Senate passed a watered down version of the energy bill that the House of Representatives passed last week. The oil and gas industry, and their allies in the Senate to whom they’ve given millions in campaign contributions, kept their billions in tax giveaways; while investment in alternative energy sources was deferred.

Senate Hearing on FENA

Tomorrow's an exciting day! The Senate Rules Committee is set to hold the first hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act (FENA) to bring full public financing to congressional elections. Set to testify at the hearing are Sens. Richard Durbin and Arlen Specter who are the lead co-sponsors of FENA, our President and CEO Nick Nyhart, and other notable reformers, election law experts, and prominent political figures.

What Is McConnell Hiding?

Well, we've tried asking nicely but it hasn't worked so far so today, together with the Sunlight Foundation who have led this from the very beginning, we are taking things up a notch in our effort to get Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reveal who is holding up a bill that would require Senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically.

We Are Family

The Senate is considering legislation (possibly voting on it today) that would ban spouses of senators from lobbying any part of the chamber—unless the spouse was lobbying a year before the senator was elected.