Special interest money has always played a hand in electoral politics, but in the 2012 election cycle it is more nefarious and more secretive than ever. That’s where CampaignCash.org comes in. CampaignCash.org is a project supported by The Media Consortium and We the People Campaign designed to expose the influence of corporate money on the political process. Here’s a taste of what they’ve uncovered:
Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen (R) shows how to be the poster-boy for the medical device industry as campaign contributions from the industry put his fundraising efforts at the top of the Minnesota House delegation.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) has no problem keeping Rep. Paulsen company in standing up for the interests of big business. Tipton’s largest contributors come from the oil and gas industry where Tipton returns the favor by consistently advocating for tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration shows that close ties to lobbyists isn’t just for Republicans by hiring a former lobbyist for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as a new senior adviser.
It turns out, if you follow the money it will lead you to one address in Tampa, Florida where millions of dollars for influencing elections gets churned out by PAC’s–all apparently legally.
Truthout took a look at the tremendous influx of out-of-state corporate money flooding the state of Ohio as voter rally to repeal the union-busting Senate Bill 5. Money from across the country is paying for a race that is already predicted at costing in excess of $30 million dollars. That’s one costly mistake.
The Project on Government Oversight released a new report that shows being appointed to the Budget Super Committee is good for fundraising for the six House Members of the committee. How good? Try a $2,270 daily increase in fundraising dollars after being appointed.
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