Federal Politics

Published — November 16, 2010 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

The more things stay the same: Senate Democratic, Republican leaders re-elected

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Both parties in the U.S. Senate voted today to preserve the status quo in leadership, keeping Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at the helm. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in a June series Who Bankrolls Congress?, the men who will set their parties’ agendas have ties to powerful business interests, including tobacco, telecommunications, and banking.

The Senate Democratic Caucus unanimously re-elected Reid of Nevada as majority leader for the 112th Congress, which begins in January. The Senate Republican Conference kept McConnell of Kentucky as minority leader. Both men have held those positions since the beginning of 2007.

Telecom giant AT&T was the single top backer of both men, dating back to the early 1980s — a bipartisan investment that has paid significant dividends. Both Reid and McConnell have backed the firm’s priorities on telecommunications legislation and played key roles in granting the company immunity for its participation in the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The American Bankers Association, the group representing the $13 trillion banking industry, also placed on the Top 10 lists for Reid and McConnell. Both senators backed the 2008 law creating a $700 billion bailout program for the financial sector.

And both men have received hefty sums from tobacco behemoth Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, Skoal smokeless tobacco, and Black & Mild cigars. Altria backed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, which Reid co-sponsored in the Senate. The bill, which gave the FDA the power to regulate tobacco products, was opposed by other tobacco companies who claimed Altria supported it in a move to lock up market share. Though McConnell broke with Altria in support of other tobacco companies to oppose that legislation, he has generally been a strong ally for the company and its tobacco industry competitors.

In all, Reid received more than $14 million from PAC committees over his nearly 30-year Congressional career and McConnell took in more than $12.5 million since in more than 25 years.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT