Thursday, May 27, 2010

Frank LoBiondo giving his campaign donations away

Frank LoBiondo runs as a moderate but he's now the largest donor to the NRCC. The $130,000 he raised pretending it was for himself is now going to be used to elect extreme conservatives all over the country.

Here's the Roll Call article:

Thirty House Republicans directly transferred more than $1.1 million to the NRCC last month, according to a Roll Call analysis of the NRCC’s April fundraising report filed late Thursday with the Federal Election Commission...

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) transferred $130,000 to the NRCC last month, more than any other House Republican.

Certainly there's no reason for anyone to donate to him. Give straight to the NRCC if that's what you want to do.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Frank LoBiondo's Party tried legalized extortion, again

The Washington Post has an important article on how Republicans are pressuring corporations to give them money (my emphasis):

The change comes as top Republicans lawmakers appeal more directly to business leaders, putting them on notice that the GOP is keeping track of the corporate donations ledger and will remember who stood by the party. As part of an effort dubbed "Sell the Fight," House Republican leaders have met privately with corporate executives and lobbyists to argue that their giving has tilted too far toward Democrats and that they need to steer more money to industry-friendly GOP candidates in key races in 2010.

"These corporate leaders and lobbyists have got interests and clients they need to look out for, and they are reading the tea leaves just like everyone else," said Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the deputy chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, who has made several private pitches to corporate PAC leaders. "They see what's happening . . . and they don't want to get cut short."

The fundraising efforts of Republican lawmakers mirror those used after the party gained control of both houses of Congress in the 1994 Republican Revolution. Party leaders at the time, especially then-House Whip Tom Delay, used their new positions in power to pull in corporate checks. Delay kept a list of lobbyists categorized as "friendly" and "unfriendly" based on campaign contributions.

Despite his seniority, Frank LoBiondo is never given the GOP leadership positions he deserves so I don't know that I can blame him personally but this behavior led to a lot of abuses in the last two decades. (And yes, Democrats are too influenced by corporate money too.) Basically I consider it extortion even if politicians make sure it is legal.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sorry, no

I was surprised to see this claim in the Gloucester County Times:

South Jersey politicians should be hearing footsteps after voters elsewhere ousted key incumbents in recent primary balloting...

This November, the two U.S. House representatives serving Gloucester County, Rob Andrews, D-1st Dist. (coming up on 20 years), and Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist. (coming up on 16 years), can now consider themselves more vulnerable than in the past.

Barring the proverbial Live Boy or Dead Girl, that's not right. Democrats are not running a major candidate, and I am sure Mr. LoBiondo knows it. (Andrews doesn't have anything to worry about either.)

Now, who knows in 2012?