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July 28, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

A major piece of legislation, the DISCLOSE Act, has become stalled in Congress again, Congress has passed new funding for the war in Afghanistan, and Congress may be taking steps to increase oil companies’ liability for the damage their spills cause. 

  • In the recently passed financial services reform bill, Congress gives the Federal government the power to terminate contracts of financial firms that do not hire women and minorities. (Pictured at right are Senator Chris Dodd [D-CT] and Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA-4], sponsors of the finreg bill.) (Politico)
  • With the WikiLeaks scandal still on the front page, the House passed a stripped-down funding bill for the war in Afghanistan. (Washington Independent)
  • President Obama urges the Senate to pass a small business bill that he argues will generate jobs. (Reuters)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel’s [D-NY-15] legal team confirms that they are talking to the House ethics committee in order to avoid a public hearing on ethics allegations. (CNN)
  • Senate Democrats were unable to break a Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, meaning that the bill will likely not become law until after the mid-term elections, if at all. The bill would force special interest groups to disclose their donors when they buy political ads. (LA Times)
  • A new energy bill introduced by Democrats would eliminate the cap on damage claims that oil companies pay for spills. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The United States Conference of Mayors released a survey yesterday showing that without $75 billion in aid to poor areas, as many as 500,000 municipal and county employees will lose their jobs.   (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Despite strong interest from President Obama, large scale education reform remains stalled in Congress, leaving individual States to set education policies as they see fit.  (Washington Post)


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  • Chris51 07/28/2010 8:03am

    The Disclose Act is good legislation for the middle class, VOTERS, and USA. This is why politicians put their selfish interest first, listened to BIG Corp. Money, 1-2% rich families, and stopped it from exposing them before November’s election.

    Tracking the money helps us see past the rhetoric. There is great factual info on Money Trail Tab, and other sites like, but most busy Voters don’t have the time to do their own research. We need to know who will be buying most of our politician time, ear, and votes.

    Example: Top 3 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300. Dems 14%, Repubs 86%
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214. Dems 13%, Repubs 87%
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891. Dems 18%, Repubs 82%

    Example: Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties; INSURANCE: 2000-2010 Total $214,585,915 OIL & GAS: 2000-2010 Total $155,373,800 ;COMMERCIAL BANKS: 2000-2010 Total $150,549,225 ; PHARMACEUTICALS/HEALTH PRODUCTS: 2000-2010 Total $139,237,802

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    Ja4ed 07/28/2010 9:01am

    The DISCLOSE Act is nothing but incumbency protection. Well, it’s also a law abridging the freedom of speech, which you may or may not know, is unconstitutional.

  • Chris51 07/28/2010 8:20am

    VOTERS need to contact DEMOCRAT Senators to urge them to keep moving forward on this. The middle class need to know up front were the money is coming from, so we will be less deceived in future. Disclose Act is a very important step toward fixing our government.

    The Republicans filibuster again (Definition of Filibuster: the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly.)

    The GOP/Repubs. know that the DISCLOSE ACT would make them TRANSPARENT. It is easier for politicians to run sensationalized campaign Ads, and twist the truth. The top 1- 3% wealthy individuals, Special Interest Groups, and corrupt politicians know very well that by providing some of this information on their Ads, busy Americans might see through the deceit and who will benefit most $$$$ from the message of the Ad. The Republicans filibuster this out of fear that they would lose the millions they make from contributions, and expose Big Corporation$.

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    beenblue 07/29/2010 2:48pm

    Still love your work, no wiggle room, would love to see you at a rally, so we could pour coffee on the tea-baggers platform. Keep up the good work, we need legal representation in Washington to take back our fate from the knuckle- dragging representatives that brought us here. We need to let them know that we are awake, and we pay their way to work for us, not private contractors, and corporations, YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!!

  • Chris51 07/29/2010 10:19pm

    On July 29th., Ed Shultz, MSNBC-TV is Fired Up for 99ers.

    Technology is great! MSNBC is able to share with their viewers a YouTube clip of Ted Kennedy’s passion and courage as he speak up against BIG corporations and greed.

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