The U.S. Chamber is not at all pleased about the Disclose Act, and they’re not afraid to say so. But House Dems say they’ve got the votes, and they’re not afraid to use them. So who will win? It’s tough to say, but a House Administration Committee hearing on the bill was abruptly cancelled on Thursday. When Members come back from their Memorial Day recess, maybe they will jump right in to campaign finance.
“K Streeters, it seems, jumped the gun in writing the obituaries of Republican trade association chiefs following the 2008 elections“, according to Roll Call. But the actual article indicates that the associations are hiring (and have hired) more Democratic government relations staff, to keep up with the political environment.
The FEC (again) couldn’t come to a conclusion on Soft Money. The Commission has been trying to decide “whether candidates and members of Congress should be allowed to raise money for separate nonprofits including ballot initiative committees that exceed $20,000.” (CQ Politics)
Connecticut Office of State Ethics penalized G. Kenneth Bernhard, for making three political contributions while serving as a Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board member (press release at CTOSE’s website).
Meanwhile, in Indiana, former Sen. (and former lobbyist) Dan Coats (R-Ind.) gets backlash for his spin through the revolving door. Sen. Coats is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).
This Memorial Day, take some time to honor the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country. If you’re in the D.C. area, be sure to check out the National Memorial Day Parade and the National Memorial Day Concert (which you can also catch on PBS!).