John Hinderaker at Powerline unearths a letter written by Senator Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in 2009 thanking a Koch Industries political action committee for donating to his reelection campaign. He sounds pretty grateful:
Thank you so much for the generous KOCHPAC contribution to my 2010 campaign for re-election to the United States Senate. …
Your early financial help keeps me strong in my campaign. In return, I promise to continue working as hard as I can to help our nation reach its maximum potential.
Again, I can’t thank you enough. All of my best to you and yours, and I look forward to working with you throughout this election.
The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers. That is about one third of the U.S. cable and satellite television market. FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect. Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service. They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped. Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment—by buying off the Democratic Party.
Experts criticized a top Senate Democrat this week for pushing the federal government to ban a food additive that regulators say is safe at the behest of a food blogger whose campaign against the chemical has spurred a public outcry.
National Journal released its 2013 vote ratings on Thursday. The ratings are based on roll-call votes from 2013 and compared on an ideological scale. Votes on noncontroversial issues and issues that fall along regional lines were not included.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.