House Freshmen Take Oath with Right Hand—Grab Campaign Cash with the Left

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New Majority Shows Signs of Business-as-Usual in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.—Incoming Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) decision to hold a $2500-a-plate fundraiser at the posh W Hotel with singer LeAnn Rimes is completely tone deaf and a perfect example of why nothing is ever going to change in Washington, D.C. until we change the way campaigns are financed.

“The same hands that new Republican House members raise tomorrow to take their oath of office will be the ones sullied by the collection of PAC, lobbyist, and special interest cash tonight,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund. “Every member—new or incumbent--must distance themselves from this blatant play for special interest cash and get to work to change the way Washington works, not celebrate it.”

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, some of the top interests donating to Rep. Denham in 2010 include Wall Street interests ($101,000), casinos ($68,000), and leadership PACs ($52,756)—the same big money interests and establishment donors that have been trying to get their way in Washington, D.C. for years.

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