Elizabeth Warren Formally Gets Banking Committee Slot

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren officially received her committee assignments today, and she will sit on the Senate Banking Committee, with key oversight over Wall Street and the financial system. Progressives agitated for weeks for Warren to get this spot, and in the end it wasn’t that difficult a lift. I’m looking forward to future hearings from [...]

Ron Johnson’s Deferred Compensation Package Alarms Election Law Experts

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 9:35 am

Late last week I noted that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) received $10 million in deferred compensation from his plastics company, after an election that he used $9 million of his own money to win. The similarity between the figures and the fact that Johnson negotiated the deferred compensation with himself, the owner of the company, [...]

The Post-Citizens United World: Ron Johnson Gets De Facto $10 Million Corporate Payment for Election Campaign

By: Friday June 24, 2011 8:55 am

The campaign finance rules of the post-Citizens United world are, broadly speaking, that there are no rules. That can be seen in Sen. Ron Johnson’s brazen display: After dropping nearly $9 million from his own pocket to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson didn’t have to feel the pain for very long. [...]

Multiple GOP Leaders Get Government Handouts

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 1:41 pm

J.D. Hayworth was endlessly mocked in his failed Senate campaign for a late-nite infomercial touting “free money” from the government. He lost, but it’s shocking how many of Hayworth’s fellow Republicans have no problem condemning “government handouts” while accepting them. Sam Stein explored this today: The most glaring example was surfaced by the Denver Post [...]

Feingold Using Afghanistan Opposition as Selling Point in Tough Race

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 7:07 am

I was on a blogger call with Sen. Russ Feingold last night, and I was struck by his desire to lead with his opposition to the war in Afghanistan, as a show of his independence and his Constitutionally derived duty to act as an independent check on the executive. And he painted his opponent, Ron [...]

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