The Full List and round up
After a couple days of wondering, The Hill has its hands on the full list of recipients for Issa's letter to business leaders, and uncovered $80,000 in campaign donations to Issa from the groups on the list. The next step will be to carefully watch how the money, the letter, and the direction of committee hearings overlap.
Issa puts himself up for bid
Issa was among the first Republicans to suspend his earmark requests, and even went so far as to declare "Mr. Speaker, I make a point of order that an earmark is tantamount to a bribe." Yet that never prevented Issa from requesting earmarks before Fiscal year 2010. And not just a few here and there- hundreds of millions of dollars worth.
Issa puts committee up for bid
It didn't even take a full day before Darrell Issa declared loud and clear who he's working for -- and it isn't you or me. Instead, Issa has sent a letter to 150 corporate entities putting his investigatory responsibilities at their disposal and asking what they would like him to change. The full list isn't yet known, but those that are read like a who's who of special interests, and suggests a shocking conflict for Issa as he takes over as chair of the House Oversight Committee.
Meeting the subcommittee chairs
More housekeeping: Darrell Issa began rolling out subcommittee chairmanships last week, further clarifying what the Oversight Committee will look like for the next two years. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) will take on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations. Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) will handle Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending. And Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) will take the reigns on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs.
Issa runs interference for Big Polluters
And of course, Issa is rewarded for pounding the desk on behalf of the big polluters. He doesn't need much in the way of donations since he's the richest person in the House, but that doesn't stop him from taking his reward money anyways. And wouldn't you know it? Big polluters love him. Electric Utilities have ponied up $190,458 in his career, and big oil isn't far behind at $113,350. Energy and Natural Resource PACs have chimed in with more than $300,00, and that's without tracing the $200,000+ that's come in from Republican and conservative organizations enthusiastically funded by industry's biggest polluters. We're seeing now a piece of what they've bought with all that money. Can't wait until he starts actually having hearings on whether science is real.