Skip to comments.Special interests gave millions to budget panel
Posted on 08/11/2011 2:29:18 PM PDT by SmithL
The 12 lawmakers appointed to a new congressional supercommittee charged with tackling the nation's fiscal problems have received millions in contributions from special interests with a direct stake in potential cuts to federal programs, an Associated Press review of federal campaign data has found.
The newly appointed members six Democrats and six Republicans have received more than $3 million total during the past five years in donations from political committees with ties to defense contractors, health care providers and labor unions. That money went to their re-election campaigns, according to AP's review.
Supporters say the lawmakers were picked for their integrity and experience with complicated budget matters. But their appointments already have prompted early concerns from campaign-finance watchdog groups, which urged the lawmakers to stop fundraising and resign from leadership positions in political groups.
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They ALL get money for their regions....That’s what they do....
That should narrow the field down to ...zero.
It doesn’t matter. We all know the entire process is a joke.
We should be demanding and end to “baseline” budgeting and a return to real budgeting. Where and increase over the amount spent last year is an increase, and we stop calling increases “cuts”.
The fact that the GOP goes along with this baseline budgeting charade only proves they are part of the problem.
Clyburn, Van Hollen and Becerra were selected because of their integrity?
As Gomer Pyle would say
3 million to 12 people over 5 years? That is chump change..
Soros gives that out every week!
She’s “my” senator. Saw on the news where she said something like “My 17 years on the budget committee will bring great experience to this special committee and....”
I told my kids this. In more simple terms. You have someone that is in a group of people that has spent all of the money you gave them, and they now have to borrow money because they wasted the money you gave them. And they keep borrowing, and now you “owe” them even more money so they can pay back their debts.
Now kids - it makes sense to put these same people that wasted all of your money into a group of people that is going to fix this problem - right!?
What the hell is a super panel and why do we need a super panel? I always kind of thought we had elected officials?