Stunning Statistics of the Week:
- 12: The number of lawmakers that make up the bipartisan “super committee” created under the debt ceiling deal
- $64.6 million: The amount that super committee members received in campaign contributions from special interests over the past decade
- More than 100: Number of staffers for super committee members who have moved on to lobbying shops
Members of the “super committee” created to find $1.2 trillion to cut from the budget have received $64.6 million from political action committees and other industry groups representing the health care industry, financial industry, defense contractors and more. It’s hard to imagine that campaign money won’t affect the super committee’s recommendation, which is even more of a reason that the committee members should stop fundraising while they do their work, as two dozen public interest groups have called for.