By Kevin Bogardus - 07/18/09 03:01 PM EDT
July 15 was the first time that candidates’ political committees had to detail to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) the lobbyists and companies registered to lobby that have been bundling for them — collecting checks for campaign donations to give to the politicians. Reports have begun to trickle into the election watchdog agency this week, which are required under the ethics law that Congress passed in September 2007.
For example, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidLynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case The Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Dems: No August break without Zika deal MORE (D-Nev.) listed many lobbyist fundraisers on his report to the FEC. Bundlers raised more than $110,000 for his campaign committee, Friends of Harry Reid, this past quarter.
Lobbyists helping Reid included Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group who collected $18,700 in campaign contributions for Reid this past quarter. In addition, Emanuel Rouvelas of K&L Gates bundled $19,000 for the Nevada Democrat. And William Singer of Kirkland and Ellis fundraised $39,750 for Reid.
Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), who is vying for a Senate seat in Florida, also found some fundraising help from lobbyists. Clifton Porter, a lobbyist for HCR Manor Care, a nursing home company, collected $19,000 in checks for Meek this past quarter.
Senators not running for reelection in 2010 have taken in bundled contributions this past quarter from lobbyists as well.
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownDodd-Frank backers heap praise on GE Capital decision Clinton’s 9 most likely VP picks Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (D-Ohio) received $17,500 in political contributions that were collected by Melinda Maxfield, an associate at Williams & Jensen and a former deputy finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Thomas Fise with the American College of Gastroenterology bundled donations worth $23,500 for Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinMcConnell tees up House Puerto Rico bill GOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control MORE (D-Md.).
Also, a number of powerful Democratic committee chairmen found help from K Street in fundraising this quarter, according to the reports on file with the FEC.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, collected more than $45,000 in campaign contributions this past quarter that were bundled by a pair of lobbyists for the National Music Publishers Association — David Israelite and Berkley Schwarz.
The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), collected close to $100,000 in bundled donations from political action committees (PAC) from firms that lobby.
PACs for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Arnold & Porter collected more than $40,000 in campaign contributions for Waxman. Further, the PACs for the National Community Pharmacists Association and PG&E Corporation, an energy company, fundraised about $55,000 for the California Democrat.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) also had lobbyists bundle political contributions for him. Robert Raben of the Raben Group collected $27,900 in donations for the House Financial Services Committee chairman. The PACs for the American Council of Life Insurers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees bundled close to $60,000 for Frank too.