Rush For Money:
Justin Rood has raked some muck on Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), the chief Democratic co-sponsor of the “Kill the Internet” bill. Rood writes, “Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), the main Democratic co-sponsor of a controversial bill that would give control of the Internet to big phone companies, is in AT&T’s pocket, critics are charging.” The charges come in a Chicago Sun-Times article from this morning:
An Englewood community center founded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a key player on telecommunications legislation, received a $1 million grant from the charitable arm of SBC/AT&T, one of the nation’s largest phone companies. … On Wednesday, the energy and commerce panel on which Rush sits is set to vote on a controversial rewrite of telecommunications law co-sponsored by Rush and backed by major phone companies eager to compete with cable television companies.
For more on this bill check out Josh Marshall’s post here.
UPDATE: My colleague Larry Makinson has more on Bobby Rush down the hall at Dollarocracy.