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FISA horror miscellany

Feingold to filibuster; good for him. Reid will co-sponsor an immunity stripping provision.

Meanwhile, what's amazing, or not, is how little money will buy a D vote:

In March, the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity. But last week, 94 Democrats who supported the March amendment voted to support the compromise FISA legislation, which includes a provision that could let telecom companies that cooperated with the government’s warrantless electronic surveillance off the hook.

The 94 Democrats who changed their positions received on average $8,359 in contributions from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint from January, 2005, to March, 2008, according to the analysis by MAPLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the connection between campaign contributions and legislative outcomes.

Meanwhile, I keep thinking about the netroots.

Isn't spending the the $300,000 (laudable!) on anything other than attacking the Democrat leadership directly just another form of keeping our powder dry?

Just a thought....

NOTE Meanwhile, as always, the scandal is what's legal, as amberglow points out.

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cenobite's picture
Submitted by cenobite on

Donations to the members' PACs. So you're likely looking at the tip of the iceberg with those direct donation numbers.

DCblogger's picture
Submitted by DCblogger on

the whole bill is horrible. they gave away the store. they really are shameful.

Mandos's picture
Submitted by Mandos on

But perhaps money is not the only thing. Perhaps they actually really believe that they need to give AT&T a break.

Isn't that thought scarier? But also plausible.

Historiann's picture
Submitted by Historiann on

a friend of mine who works in high finance said that of course, Rs and Ds alike take money from PACs and industries that lobby them. However, he said, what's notable is that the Democrats sell out so cheaply. It was well-known that it took more money to sway a Republican.