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Mitch McConnell’s “Sandbag Dinners”

Want to know how Washington works? Here’s an example from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (via CNN):

His team built a fundraising strategy around that strength in the run-up to the last two elections. They invited Republican lobbyists to dinner with McConnell in a private room at Carmine’s, a family-style Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, with no apparent price of admission. But after spaghetti and meatballs, McConnell thanked everyone for coming, told them he needed them to contribute the maximum allowable in personal money ($30,800 in 2012) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and then sat back and waited. What followed was a long, pained silence, one of McConnell’s preferred negotiating tools. Then, one after another, attendees acquiesced. Organizers called these “the sandbag dinners.”

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Access to Leadership

Via this New York Times story on establishment Republicans fighting back against insurgents, we’re going to take a wild guess and assume it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell who’s threatening donors: 

“I’ve been told by a number of donors to our ‘super PAC’ that they’ve received calls from senior Republican senators,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, which is supporting challengers to Republican incumbents across the country. The message from these donors was blunt: “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership,” Mr. Kibbe said. “So they’re playing hardball.”

Our broken campaign finance system isn’t just about donors getting influence. It’s a cycle of dependency—members of Congress who rely on big donors and the big donors who rely on access to politicians. It’s a no-win situation for everyone else. 

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Mitch McConnell’s Lobbyist Wednesday

Hopefully he finds time to like legislate or something (via Politico Influence)

PODESTA REPUBLICANS FUNDRAISING FOR MCCONNELL: Podesta Group Republicans are hosting a breakfast fundraising for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday. A senior Podesta Group Republican principal sends the invite along and says the event will kick off a robust year of political support from Podesta GOP principals, focused on in-cycle GOP senators and up-and-comers in the House. The fundraiser will be at Podesta Group’s D.C. offices. The suggested cost to attend is $2,500 for PACs and a $1,000 suggested individual contribution. The invite is here: http://bit.ly/M4XHIU 

ALSO: On the same day, McConnell will host a have a dinner fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cost to attend: $7,500 to co-host, $2,500 for PACs and $1,000 as an individual. Danielle Burr of Navigators, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Rob Hobart of McBee Strategic, Lanier Swann Hodgson of Purple Strategies, and Brandi White of the Nickles Group are listed as hosts.

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This paragraph says a lot about Washington and politics (and Mitch McConnell):

"McConnell has often exercised power in D.C. by pressuring major donors to withhold donations from a given lawmaker or organization. His allies on K Street are often the people who deliver this message and “enforce” it. SCF is receiving most of its donations from a large number of individuals who send in small-dollar amounts. McConnell can’t easily pressure these grassroots donors — they aren’t professional politicians and they’re far from D.C."

(National Review)

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In October, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s lawyer will urge the Supreme Court to invalidate contribution limits. It’s no wonder: dozens of the country’s wealthiest people have been filling his campaign coffers.
From a new Public Campaign Action Fund report:
Collectively, at least 62 members of the Forbes billionaires list have donated about $265,000 to Sen. McConnell’s campaigns over his career.
In 2012, fifteen of those were within 10 percent of hitting the “aggregate limit” being challenged in McCutcheon.
Half of McConnell’s billionaire donors are from Wall Street or the finance sector. In fact, the top giving billionaire is hedge fund titan Paul Singer, who is the head of Elliott Management and worth an estimated $1.3 billion.
Five of the 10 wealthiest Americans—Charles Koch, David Koch, Jim Walton, Sheldon Adelson, and Alice Walton—have donated at least $29,200 to McConnell, with $26,200 donated in the past six years.

In October, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s lawyer will urge the Supreme Court to invalidate contribution limits. It’s no wonder: dozens of the country’s wealthiest people have been filling his campaign coffers.

From a new Public Campaign Action Fund report:

  • Collectively, at least 62 members of the Forbes billionaires list have donated about $265,000 to Sen. McConnell’s campaigns over his career.
  • In 2012, fifteen of those were within 10 percent of hitting the “aggregate limit” being challenged in McCutcheon.
  • Half of McConnell’s billionaire donors are from Wall Street or the finance sector. In fact, the top giving billionaire is hedge fund titan Paul Singer, who is the head of Elliott Management and worth an estimated $1.3 billion.
  • Five of the 10 wealthiest Americans—Charles Koch, David Koch, Jim Walton, Sheldon Adelson, and Alice Walton—have donated at least $29,200 to McConnell, with $26,200 donated in the past six years.

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The 2014 Kentucky Senate race could cost $100 million. Public Campaign Action Fund’s David Donnelly in Louisville:

With that amount of political advertising, it won’t be surprising if a lot of Kentuckians are tempted to throw their television sets out the window. The deluge of ads on TV screens, on the radio, in mailboxes, and on websites will turn Kentucky into “Mitchnado” (a bad version of this summer’s strangest made-for-TV movie, “Sharknado”) with Mitch McConnell’s face or voice appearing everywhere you turn. By some point next spring, I can assure you, Kentuckians won’t “approve of this message.” They’ll turn it off.
As bad as that sounds, it gets worse.
Most of that money will come from wealthy interests seeking influence. In January, National Journal reported that McConnell’s race was already forcing him to spend “hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly.” His challengers, Republican businessman Matt Bevin and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, are likely doing the same thing now.

The 2014 Kentucky Senate race could cost $100 million. Public Campaign Action Fund’s David Donnelly in Louisville:

With that amount of political advertising, it won’t be surprising if a lot of Kentuckians are tempted to throw their television sets out the window. The deluge of ads on TV screens, on the radio, in mailboxes, and on websites will turn Kentucky into “Mitchnado” (a bad version of this summer’s strangest made-for-TV movie, “Sharknado”) with Mitch McConnell’s face or voice appearing everywhere you turn. By some point next spring, I can assure you, Kentuckians won’t “approve of this message.” They’ll turn it off.

As bad as that sounds, it gets worse.

Most of that money will come from wealthy interests seeking influence. In January, National Journal reported that McConnell’s race was already forcing him to spend “hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly.” His challengers, Republican businessman Matt Bevin and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, are likely doing the same thing now.

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The super PAC created to assist Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, appears to be missing something: Kentuckians. Of the $1.2 million raised, just $20,000—from two people—came from the Bluegrass state. 
The Courier-Journal lists out who did donate (a list that includes New Yorker Donald Trump).

The super PAC created to assist Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, appears to be missing something: Kentuckians. Of the $1.2 million raised, just $20,000—from two people—came from the Bluegrass state. 

The Courier-Journal lists out who did donate (a list that includes New Yorker Donald Trump).

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If Mitch McConnell used his Senate staff and government resources to do opposition research into the health and religious beliefs of a potential challenger, not only would it likely be a violation of Senate ethics rules and federal law, it’s also a violation of common decency. Kentucky voters deserve better.
Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director David Donnelly, in response to the possibility that Sen. Mitch McConnell used his Senate staff to do opposition research on Ashley Judd. 

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