Category Archives: Congress

Ellmers, Fox, Burr and McHenry make the Dirty Air Villian list

The NRCD announced its list of legislators who “Voted Dirty” today in a new effort to highlight which members of congress are heroes or villains when it comes to air quality protection. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr and Representatives Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry make the list.
The report details votes along with contributions from polluting industries as well.
Here’s the look-up page.

Debt limit fight cost billions, was stupid

OK, that’s my headline and opinion. But give this a read. The GAO is out a major report that looks at the cost and consequences of the 2011 fight over the debt limit.
As you might expect it is not the most efficient way to run a government.

Via the transcript of a GAO interview with

We estimated that the delays in the–raising the debt limit in 2011 led to a 1.3 billion dollar increase in borrowing costs for fiscal year 2011. However, this does not take into account the multiple year effect on borrowing costs for Treasury securities that would continue to remain outstanding for years past fiscal year 2011. We also found that managing the debt during these delays required the use of Treasury personnel which, according to Treasury, resulted in some of those individuals not being able to spend and devote time to other important cash and debt management initiatives and responsibilities.

And from the report itself a few conclusions after the jump:
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Club for Growth drops $209K in NC-8

Club for Growth adds to its TV time purchase for Scott Keadle in NC-8

Via the FEC:

Committee: CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION
Club for Growth
2001 L St., NW, Ste. 600
Washington, DC 20036

Purpose of Expenditure: additional tv ad production costs (from advance line 21)
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: SCOTT KEADLE
Candidate ID: H0NC10151
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 08
Date Expended = 04/24/2012
Person Completing Form: Chris Chocola
Date Signed = 04/25/2012
Amount Expended = $42.23
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $209292.23
Red Sea, LLC
4550 Montgomery Ave.
#906
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Purpose of Expenditure: add to existing tv ad air buy
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: SCOTT KEADLE
Candidate ID: H0NC10151
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 08
Date Expended = 04/24/2012
Person Completing Form: Chris Chocola
Date Signed = 04/25/2012
Amount Expended = $209250.00
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $209250.00
Subtotal of Itemized Independent Expenditures = $209292.23
Subtotal of Unitemized Independent Expenditures = $0.00
Total Expenditures This Period = $209292.23

American Foundations spends another $93K against Coble

Technically it’s about half for George Holding and half anti-Paul Coble. Still, it’s getting to be a regular thing.
Courtesy of the FEC:

Committee: AMERICAN FOUNDATIONS COMMITTEE INC; THE
Chris Mattola Consulting Inc
1382 Lafayette Street
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

Purpose of Expenditure: Media Production
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: PAUL COBLE
Candidate ID: H2NC13128
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 13
Date Expended = 04/23/2012
Person Completing Form: David Satterfield
Date Signed = 04/24/2012
Amount Expended = $15223.75
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $460083.00
Chris Mattola Consulting Inc
1382 Lafayette Street
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

Purpose of Expenditure: Media Production
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: GEORGE E B HOLDING
Candidate ID: H2NC13110
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 13
Date Expended = 04/23/2012
Person Completing Form: David Satterfield
Date Signed = 04/24/2012
Amount Expended = $8144.25
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $460083.00
Red Sea LLC
4550 Montgomery Ave #906N
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Purpose of Expenditure: Media Purchase
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: PAUL COBLE
Candidate ID: H2NC13128
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 13
Date Expended = 04/23/2012
Person Completing Form: David Satterfield
Date Signed = 04/24/2012
Amount Expended = $70000.00
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $460083.00
Subtotal of Itemized Independent Expenditures = $93368.00
Subtotal of Unitemized Independent Expenditures = $0.00
Total Expenditures This Period = $93368.00

Previously. And this month’s column in the Indy, which highlights the race.

Club for Growth makes major buy in NC-8

Club for Growth gets into the NC-8 race on behalf of Scott Keadle putting 49K into mailings.
Via the FEC:

CLUB FOR GROWTH – C90009945
View Download FEC-779284 Form F5N – filed 04/19/2012 – 48 HOUR NOTICE

1. Supports Candidate: Scott Keadle
Office Sought: House of Representatives, North Carolina District 08
Payee: Blue Point LLC
Date Expended = 04/17/2012 Amount Expended = $48940.00
Purpose: mail production costs postage

2. Supports Candidate: Scott Keadle
Office Sought: House of Representatives, North Carolina District 08
Payee: Club for Growth
Date Expended = 04/17/2012 Amount Expended = $212.13
Purpose: mail production costs

Super PAC makes major buy in NC-13

The Super PAC supporting George Holding that has been running ads against Paul Coble in the NC-13 GOP primary has made another major ad media buy. A filing late this week with the FEC shows that The American Foundations Committee has ponied up for a $137K media buy to run more anti-Coble ads.

Here’s the filing from the FEC:

Red Sea LLC
4550 Montgomery Ave #906N
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Purpose of Expenditure: Media Purchase
Name of Federal Candidate supported or opposed by expenditure: PAUL COBLE
Candidate ID: H2NC13128
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is North Carolina in District 13
Date Expended = 04/10/2012
Person Completing Form: David Satterfield
Date Signed = 04/12/2012
Amount Expended = $137340.00

In case you’re wondering about the PACs funding a filing on Friday shows that the PAC’s contributors are mostly people with the Holding family name.
Here are the links to the full report and the contributor list.

Rouzer’s contribution list packed with ag interests, lobbyists

Johnston County State Senator David Rouzer is running for congress in NC-7 and hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre in a district redrawn to be a little more GOP friendly.
Since he’s running for congress Rouzer is allowed to raise money for his federal campaign in ways not allowed a sitting North Carolina legislator. State legislators are forbidden to take contributions when the General Assembly is in session and are barred from ever receiving contributions from lobbyists.
Rouzer’s congressional campaign was able to do both and his first official federal campaign report shows a huge take in the first six weeks of his campaign.
Report main page
List of contributions
The report details 205,491 in contributions most of which came in September via more than 188,000 in individual contributions. So, who were those individuals?
The list in Rouzer’s filing, which covers contributions through September 30, is a who’s who in big ag in eastern NC. Hog producers like Wendel Murphy, tobacco farmers like Benson’s Lee family and the leadership of the Goldsboro Milling Company are among the farm interests on the list.
Also on the list are several lobbyists, mostly representing ag industries like the NC Pork Council’s Angela Meier and Tommy Stevens. Oh, and Rufus, too, wherever he fits in.
Although the individual contributions outpaced Rouzer’s take from PACs, there are still plenty of familiar names who jumped into with both feet, including the aforementioned NC Pork Council, NC Farm Bureau PAC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and trial attorney PAC Ward & Smith.
Rouzer is co-chair of the NC Senate’s Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources committee.

Further reading:
Indyweek – Campaign contributions, influence and the N.C. Legislature