Democrat Leadership Pays Almost $50,000 for Cap-and-Trade Votes

Recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) report shows $50K given two days before vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) report indicates that just days before the 219-212 “cap-and-trade” vote in the U.S. House, almost $50,000 was given to solidify support for the bill from un-committed Democrats.

o    Democrat Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) gave $28,000:

o    Steve Driehaus, D-OH ($2,000); Martin Heinrich, D-NM ($2,000); Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. ($4,000); Betsy Markey, D-Colo. ($2,000); Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH ($2,000), Baron Hill, D-Ind. ($2,000); Alan Grayson, D-Fla. ($2,000); Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa ($2,000); Jim Himes, D-Conn. ($2,000);  Mary Jo Kilroy, D-OH ($2,000); Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. ($2,000); Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. ($2,000) and Tom Perriello, D-Va. ($2,000).

o    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who gave $4,000 to yes-voting Ohio Democrat Zack Space

o    House Energy and Commerce Henry Waxman gave at least $16,000 to yes-voters on the day before the vote

“With this Obama-Reid-Pelosi ‘pay-to-play’ style of government, nothing shocks me,” said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. “My question is if this is the reported money, I wonder what else is going on behind the scenes in these backroom midnight bill writing sessions where there is no transparency.”

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