Issa puts committee up for bid
And Issa's conflict of interest doesn't stop at the committee. Despite being the richest member of the House, Issa has no qualms about accepting big, influential chunks of money to pay for his campaign
. His biggest backer since entering Congress has been the health care and pharmaceutical industry, and they made sure to hold that number one spot in the last campaign- as Issa was kicking and screaming to block health care reform, then immediately pivoting to repeal any part that he could. And for years he's been collecting big checks from the Defense Industry, Big Oil and Wall Street backers, all of whom stand to benefit now that Issa is in a position to turn the Oversight Committee into a corporate mouthpiece with subpoena power.
Even for Issa, sending this letter and revealing his enthusiastic embrace of corporate power over citizen oversight is a craven maneuver. Not only does it publicize his long list of conflicts as the new chair of the Oversight Committee, it demonstrates that he has no concern over being held accountable. The incoming Republican leadership has already moved to eliminate the House Ethics Committee
, and Issa isn't about to investigate himself for these conflicts or any of the many other shady dealings in his past. And since he can't investigate any of the scandals that he himself has been involved in, there's really nothing left except to auction off his committee to the highest corporate bidder. So that's exactly what Issa's decided to do.