Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 2010 election cycle so far: $$85,064,470. (2008 cycle: $476 million, 2006, $260 million)
Lobbying: $336.9 million in 2009; $459,8 million in 2008.
Loans Commercial banks September 2009 $6.537 trillion; September 2008, $6.942 trillion; September 2007, $6.380 trillion
“There’s a lot of populism going on in this country right now, and I’m tired of it.”
—Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., in an interview on CNBC January 25
Well, thanks to a Supreme Court conservative majority engaging in full-throttle corporatist activism, conservative political leaders using the results of the Massachusetts Senate race to run amok with obstructionism, and Democrats on Capitol Hill with their tails tucked between their legs, populism—pandering and otherwise—could be squashed like a bug under a ton of brick-sized bundles of cash.Continue Reading...