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This morning as I was reading through my newspapers, I noticed the ad below on the back page of Roll Call, "the newspaper of Capitol Hill."

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It's from finance giant Merrill Lynch congratulating the new administration and new Congress on their Election Day wins. "We join all Americans in extending our best wishes to each one of you for a successful and prosperous new term."

This is the same Merrill Lynch that donated over $2 million to federal candidates in 2008, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Since 1990, the firm's employees and PAC have donated over $14 million to candidates.

With Congress deciding next steps on the economy, Merrill Lynch wants in on the discussion. A prosperous new term indeed.