Pelosi took in twice as much lobbyist cash as Boehner

posted at 1:30 pm on September 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The White House eagerly tweeted the link to a New York Times hit piece on John Boehner that accused him of taking in loads of lobbyist cash.  They called his connections to lobbyists “especially deep” — but not, apparently, if one compares them to current Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate.  As Timothy Carney reports for the Washington Examiner, not only has Nancy Pelosi taken in twice as much lobbyist cash in this election as Boehner, but Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have collected more in the last six months than Boehner has in six elections:

Here’s what they mean: from 1999 until today, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Boehner has raised $299,490 from lobbyists.

For comparison, Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, and Chuck Schumer have each raised more money from lobbyists in this cycle alone.

This election cycle, Boehner is not even in the top 20 recipients of lobbyist cash. He’s raised less than $40,000 from lobbyists this cycle — compared to Nancy Pelosi’s $71,000 from lobbyists.

This isn’t the first time that the Gray Lady has worked as an arm of the Democratic Party.  Don’t forget their attempt to smear John McCain with allegations of marital infidelity just as he wrapped up the Republican nomination for President.  The newspaper’s public editor ended up scolding the Times and its editors for publishing a hack job based on unsupported allegations from disgruntled former staffers.  It wasn’t their only effort at tilting the election, either:

In this case, the use of the phrase “especially deep” shows that the Times wanted to make Boehner look as though he was on the extreme outlier of the common practice of fundraising among lobbysists.  Whatever one thinks of that practice, it’s one of the truly bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill.  But in this cycle, the top five recipients are all Democrats, including two in Senate leadership (Reid and Schumer), as well as six of the top ten (3 Republicans and Charlie Crist being the others), and eleven of the top 20 — and one of the Republicans on that list, Lisa Murkowski, is no longer a Republican candidate.

In the list of current House members, Roy Blunt tops it, probably because of his run for the Senate.  Democrat Kendrick Meek follows him for the same reason, and Democrat Charlie Melancon comes in fourth as he runs for the Senate in Louisiana.  Otherwise, this is a Democratic field, with Steny Hoyer and Charlie Rangel leading the list of those running for re-election in the House.  Nancy Pelosi comes in at 9th overall.  Where does Boehner rank?  He’s not even in the top 20, whose last member — Sander Levin (D-MI) — has taken $59,211 from lobbyists in this cycle.  There are only two Republicans on this list; the other 18 are Democrats.

So with that in mind, why did the New York Times decide to focus on John Boehner instead of all the bigger targets in the House and Senate?  Quite obviously, they’re attempting to run interference for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi by pushing a distorted, irresponsible, and highly inaccurate picture of Boehner as some sort of lobbyist lackey.  It’s exactly the kind of political reporting that we’ve come to expect from the Times: unethical, biased, and sloppy.  In their headline, they accuse Boehner of being “tightly bound” to lobbyists, but clearly it’s the New York Times that is “tightly bound” to this White House and the Democratic Party.


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She wrote herself a waiver.

BobMbx on September 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Wow ,color me surprised.

sandee on September 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I believe North Korea’s media might be less of a shill for Kim Jong than our media is for PBHO.

Bishop on September 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Well, I would like to comment but …

darwin on September 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Breitbart to release ‘interesting’ audio of Capitol Hill politician

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2010/sep/12/breitbart-release-interesting-audio-capitol-hill-p/

“It is my belief that the desperation for November has caused certain people who usually don’t have to make phone calls to lobbyists are now making phone calls to lobbyists and asking for donations, and it is very interesting to hear those conversations taped on voicemail,” he said.

ninjapirate on September 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Hang in there Johnny B. Be tough and keep your eye on the ball.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

This is shaping up to be the election of the people vs the ruling class.

tarpon on September 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Apply shocked face here.

Bruce MacMahon on September 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Better start learning how to spell Pravda…

Mr. Grump on September 13, 2010 at 1:38 PM

So if the New York Slimes is genuinely concerned about the amount of cash Boehner received from lobbyists, I take it we can expect them to call for Pelosi to resign as House Speaker any day now.

/sarc

Doughboy on September 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM

not only has Nancy Pelosi taken in twice as much lobbyist cash in this election as Boehner, but Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have collected more in the last six months than Boehner has in six elections:

Then why is Pelosi hitting up donors to contribute to other dem party members? Could it be that she doesn’t want to hand over ‘her’ money?

Democrats – being generous with other people’s money since Jefferson.

Vashta.Nerada on September 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Stones, glass houses, and epic fails.

Not to mention drained swamps.

UltimateBob on September 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

the Times: unethical, biased, and sloppy.

Yep, the official National Mouthpiece of the DNC.

And they wonder why their readership is plunging.

GarandFan on September 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Crickets.

Yawn.

Bruno Strozek on September 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I’m gonna hold my breath until the NYT prints a retraction!

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sons of Italy.

mankai on September 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

The farce is strong with this one.

GnuBreed on September 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

And they wonder why their readership is plunging.

GarandFan on September 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What’s left is their choir, and they’re preaching like there’s no tomorrow.

darwin on September 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I wonder how Mike Castle’s lobbyist cash intake compares with Boehner’s and Pelosi’s?

Just sayin’.

UltimateBob on September 13, 2010 at 1:47 PM

not only has Nancy Pelosi taken in twice as much lobbyist cash in this election as Boehner, but Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have collected more in the last six months than Boehner has in six elections

swamp. deepening.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 1:47 PM

But he SMOKES!!!

/

CurtZHP on September 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

This is shaping up to be the election of the people vs the ruling class.

tarpon on September 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM

It’s been us vs. them for wuite a while now.

jdawg on September 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

It’ not an article from “The New York Times”.

It’s an article from ERIC LIPTON in the New York Times.

He can be found in Google and emailed through the newspaper’s website here: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/l/eric_lipton/index.html

Contact him and shame him. Expose his hackery to him. Don’t be vile and nasty, but let him know he is not a journalist and is worse than a tabloid reporter.

Do something. Get involved. Get active. Start fighting back
.

Opposite Day on September 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

If only the NYT could hire some fact-checkers

EliTheBean on September 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

We’re half as dirty as you are!

Wasn’t that the rallying cry at Bunker Hill?

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Pelosi took in twice as much lobbyist cash as Boehner

Oh come on, Ed. You’re missing the point.

Much of Boehner’s money came from :::cough::: :::gasp::: BIG TOBACCO!

That’s what makes him evil.

/

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2010 at 1:52 PM

That’s like the Palpatine Times questioning the Rebel Alliance’s labor practices.

DailyDanet on September 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Dang, It’s that easy to absolutely destroy a big NYT expose’. Those guys are pathetic.

But I guess the people who rely exclusively on State Media for their information will never even hear about this.

forest on September 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Democratic villian of the day: John Boehner

Silly rabbit tricks are for kids!

Dear Nancy,

Live by the swamp, die by the swamp.

Sincerely, America

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Good for Boehner — though I confess, I’d like to have the chance to vote for a Representative who takes $0 from lobbyists.

/I can dream…

Mary in LA on September 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

term limits.
jail time.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Wow ,color me surprised.

sandee on September 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Racist. /sarc off

chaswv on September 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Once again the bloggers and Al Gore’s Internet publish information that just never would have come to light in the past.

Drained Brain on September 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM

The biased garbage we’ve come to expect from the NYT.

WisCon on September 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM

This isn’t the first time that the Gray Lady has worked as an arm of the Democratic Party.

I still blame the NYT for promoting McCain and dumping him on our lap as the GOP presidential candidate. Wonder who they will pick for us in 2012. Mike Castle? We know they’ll declare Palin is unfit for the office. Again.

Have to admit it works for them. Lots of braindead readers out there.

fogw on September 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I lose track…..what Alinsky rule is this?

The demonization of John Boehner has begun.

Next thing you know ther will be video of him taking toys away from small children at the local Christmas play at a public school in Ohio.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Alright, I know Pelosi is safe, but this ad is very clever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7jJI1cfEgc

It makes me feel like moving to SF just to vote for the guy.

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

It’s exactly the kind of political reporting that we’ve come to expect from the Times: unethical, biased, and sloppy.

From the Newspaper of Record? Surely not!!!

tom on September 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

He’s raised less than $40,000 from lobbyists this cycle — compared to Nancy Pelosi’s $71,000 from lobbyists.

It’s witchcraft–crazy witchcraft.

Barnestormer on September 13, 2010 at 2:22 PM

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Thank you for that. I especially like the monkies.

unclesmrgol on September 13, 2010 at 2:23 PM

This isn’t the first time that the Gray Lady has worked as an arm of the Democratic Party.

NYT makes an a$$ of themselves, again. I. Am. Shocked.

TN Mom on September 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Does anyone here actually consider the New York Times a credible news source? I know I don’t.

Captain Kirock on September 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Well, not that it will do much good, but I fired off an email to the New York Times public editor questioning both the timing of the article (right after Mr. Obama’s Labor Day speech) and the lack of context (the fact that leading Democrats took in way more cash). I even linked to this hotair site, as Ed’s commentary is spot-on, as usual.

The last public editor did run a late and limp semi-apology on the McCain hit piece. I wonder if the new public editor, Mr. Brisbane, (could they find a more effete-looking or sounding fellow?) will take notice?

If you want to send a similar message, the email address is public@nytimes.com. If nothing else, it was cathartic.

I don’t think this article will move a single independent back into the Democratic camp. If anything, the blatant unfairness and hackery will backfire on the flailing grey lady.

johnboy on September 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

In their headline, they accuse Boehner of being “tightly bound” to lobbyists, but clearly it’s the New York Times that is “tightly bound” to this White House and the Democratic Party.

They dwell in Obama’s anus.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

That’s like the Palpatine Times questioning the Rebel Alliance’s labor practices.

DailyDanet on September 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM

LMAO!

Badger40 on September 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Alright, I know Pelosi is safe, but this ad is very clever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7jJI1cfEgc

It makes me feel like moving to SF just to vote for the guy.

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

As with any candidate it is important to understand the positions of the candidate before you support them.

This is particularly true in liberal San Francisco!

In this case the Republican who won the Primary election in San Francisco is part of Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty.

If you look closely at his campaign website you will find the following quotes:

I do not believe our foreign military bases are Constitutional (Article 1, Section 8) , nor do I believe they make us safer. Senator Robert Taft, “Mr. Republican”, opposed the US involvement in NATO for the same reasons.

As a country we should welcome trade with all countries, resolve our outstanding disputes with countries considered unfriendly and have diplomatic relations with all.

Ultimately, I support a free market in money, which would mean ending the Federal Reserve.

I oppose:
- Warrantless wiretaps
.
- The creation of extra-judicial systems to deal with enemy combatants.
- Waterboarding and other forms of torture.
- I believe our government must respect the 800 year foundation of the law embodied in the principle of habeas corpus.

You may also want to watch the video of the anti-war rally he hosted in San Francisco on Sept. 4

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/143776

We all need to review the websites of the candidates very carefully!

wren on September 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

I’m sure the NYT public editor is on the case. But just in case he’s not, shoot him an email to remind him: public@nytimes.com

WarEagle01 on September 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM

We all need to review the websites of the candidates very carefully!

wren on September 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Would you please link the Republican candidate’s website?

Doc Hudson: I’ll put it simple: if you’re going hard enough left, you’ll find yourself turning right.

unclesmrgol on September 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

the WH is crawling with lobbyists….

hypocrites

cmsinaz on September 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

oopsie, just saw the front page with the tag line for the carney story

cmsinaz on September 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM

you please link the Republican candidate’s website?

unclesmrgol on September 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Here is his campaign website:
http://www.johndennis2010.com/

You may also be interested to see how his supporters talk about his campaign positions:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=248992

wren on September 13, 2010 at 3:11 PM

The beauty of this is the NY Times will stay above the fray and not even comment on this story. The Reporter who filed it should be fired, an apology sent to Boehner and a clarification put out, which reports everything reported here.

That’s what a legitimate news organization would do. Alas, all the Times is is the Media Wing of the Democratic Party. Gee, when the Democrats are out of power how much lower can the Times go from being an untrusted media wing to out of power media wing?

bflat879 on September 13, 2010 at 3:34 PM

They called his connections to lobbyists “especially deep” — but not, apparently, if one compares them to current Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate.

Well if Boehner’s connections are considered “deep”….than Obama’s connections go deep enough to reach the area in the Earth that Al Gore claims is “1 million degrees”….

I guess the NY times missed this smooch fest between Reid and his lobbyist friends:


On the Money Trail: Lobbyists Are People Too, Reid Says
Obama Pledged to Ban Lobbyists, but Senate Leader Says They’re “Part of Washington”

By BRIAN ROSS. JUSTIN ROOD, and AVNI PATEL
Jan. 20, 2009—

Reid invited top lobbyists to join him and his supporters for an inaugural brunch Monday where he told ABC News that he will still do plenty of business with them.
“And there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Reid. “And Obama will be meeting with them too.”
When asked to clarify his remarks, given Obama’s promises to change that part of Capitol culture, Reid responded that lobbyists are part and parcel of the job.


Oh yea!!!!…..
This relationship is so deep that Reid and Obama claim that doing business with lobbyist is “part of the job”.


Democrats’ ambitious legislative agenda pushes K Street salaries skyward

By Silla Brush – 02/23/10 06:00 AM ET

Lobbyists for healthcare, energy and financial interests had a banner year in 2009, with the average payout for each reaching as high as $177,000.
Despite his push to rein in special interests, President Barack Obama sparked a boom on K Street with major new proposals on healthcare, climate change and financial policies.


Well we finally found an area that Obama can improve wages and jobs…….look how well the lobbyist are doing in the era of “changing the way business is done on Capitol Hill”.

Elite Lobbying Firms Posted Big Gains in 2009
Jan. 21, 2010
By Anna Palmer
Roll Call Staff

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/55_79/lobbying/42482-1.html?type=printer_friendly

K Street’s top 25 firms cashed in on the aggressive legislative agenda unleashed by the new president and bigger Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 to post double-digit growth of about 10 percent over the previous year.

That’s right ……the top lobbyist firms “cashed in” on the democratic agenda….you know….the agenda that Obama said would not include lobbyist and special interest.

It is a good thing the NY Times exposed Boehner……we would hate for all that hard work that Obama has put forth in fighting lobbyist and special interest to be all for nothing.

Maybe next the NY Times can expose how Boehner blocked Obama’s legislative agenda while the democrats held a filibuster proof House and Senate…

Hope and Change baby….Hope and Change!!!!

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

But he SMOKES!!!

/

CurtZHP on September 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

To say nothing of his tan! Face it, Johnny can’t be trusted.

/

GrannyDee on September 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Why did the WH have to tweet a link to the NY Slimes?Oh,I fogot no one reads the Slimes anymore.Nevermind.

DDT on September 13, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Uh Oh…now the Mike Castle supporters will be calling Pelosi for advice

georgealbert on September 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Great piece, Ed. Once again, it takes the bloggers to expose the bias and corruption in the mainstream media. I hope a lot of other bloggers link to this piece and get the word spread around.

simkeith on September 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2010 at 1:52 PM

And Obama took $23 million from BP.

DSchoen on September 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I was in KY this weekend, and the Lexington Democrat, er, Herald-Leader ran that NYT story. I also saw a DCCC attack ad against Andy Barr (running against Ben Chandler for KY 6th) that repeatedly called him “lawyer-lobbyist Andy Barr.” I’m sure that was just a coincidence.

The shamelessness is kinda stunning.

rockmom on September 13, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Color me George Stephanopoulos, but doesn’t Boehner look a little pale-faced in the included picture? The Tan Tax strikes again!

PD Quig on September 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Has Bob Schieffer ever hammered Obama for smoking, or does he reserve that tactic for Republicans?

joedoe on September 13, 2010 at 5:37 PM

If Luke Russert’s profile of hard-working, self-made Boehner makes the rounds, it will blow a huge hole in the Democrap’s plan to use him as an icon.

joedoe on September 13, 2010 at 5:47 PM

They still don’t get that anything they say is going to be fact-checked by an “army of Davids”.

sandspur on September 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM

wren on September 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

You know that I wouldn’t really move to SF just to vote for him right?

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Transparent , non lobbying ,most ethical EVAH
HYPOCRISY or just plain ole PROPAGANDA?

ELMO Q on September 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

How much ca$h did Zippy take from Lobbyists?

Herb on September 14, 2010 at 9:03 AM

It’s not the facts that stand out, it’s the half picture the dems paint in their smears. The fringe loons use this crap in their letters to editors, trying to keep it going and sound like the smartest loon in the nest.

Kissmygrits on September 14, 2010 at 9:16 AM