Sean Eldridge, Man of the People, Hobnobs with Goldman Sachs Lobbyist

Sean Eldridge poses with a local commoner. (Facebook)

Sean Eldridge, who married the guy (Chris Hughes) who made hundreds of millions after pioneering the Facebook “poke” feature, is running for Congress as a man of the people, having vowed to fight against “the power of money and special interests in politics.”

You know, despite the fact that Eldridge (i.e., Hughes) has contributed almost $1 million to his own campaign, and has raised money from Silicon Valley billionaires. Oh, and the fact that Eldridge is operating a 21st century fiefdom in an effort to buy political support from local business owners.

Earlier this week, Eldridge was in Washington, D.C., raising money with at an event co-hosted by Steven Elmendorf, a rich liberal lobbyist whose clients include Facebook, Time Warner, General Electric, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. You know, a real man of the people. Elmendorf has already donated the maximum permissible amount ($5,200) to Eldridge’s campaign.

Lobbying for Action

OFA registers as lobbyist in NY despite anti-lobbyist positions
Jim Messina

Organizing for Action, which has pledged not to take money from lobbyists and says on their website that they will not engage in lobbying, has registered as a lobbying group in New York state, according to public records.

Big Wind Spends Big

Wind energy spends $2.1M on lobbyists in 2012, records show
AP

The wind energy sector spent big-time money in 2012 to protect its federal tax credits, lobbying disclosure reports released this week show.

Lobbyists for Hagel

Powerful Democratic Firm Helping Potential Defense Nominee
Tony, John, and Heather Podesta / AP, americanprogress.org, opensecrets.org

Foreign Policy reports that the Podesta Group “is channeling as much as $35,000″ to sponsor Mike Allen’s Playbook as it lobbies for the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

O’Malley’s Special Interest Shindig

Despite attacking opponent for lobbyist ties, O’Malley cozies up to moneyed interests
Gov. Martin O'Malley / AP

Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership PAC, “O’Say Can You See,” will hold a fundraiser on Dec. 10 in the Chevy Chase home of lobbyists Mike Smith and Amy Tejral, according to Politico.

A K Street Christmas

Lobbyists descend on Congress for fiscal cliff payday
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As fears of another recession mount amidst the fiscal cliff talks, lobbyists are cashing in. “Lobbyists generally do pretty well if there’s policy uncertainty,” said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government accountability and transparency watchdog group.

Lobbyists Comfy in Obama White House

Media coverage ignores Obama’s cozy relationship with lobbyists and shattered promises of transparency
AP Images

The implication that lobbyists have seen their influence wane under President Barack Obama is belied by the facts.