What I’m Reading This Morning


The former aide to an earmark opponent in Congress is filing suit against a client for whom he helped secure earmarks totaling $4 million. Adrian Plesha, the former communications director for Rep. Pete Sessions, secured the earmark through Sessions’ office despite the congressman’s objections to the earmarking process. Plesha alleges that he was not paid the full amount specified in his contract for helping to secure two earmarks, despite contradictory information filed on his lobbyist disclosures. The earmarks were for a blimp project.

Ever wanted an education in the vagaries of obscure parliamentary tactics? Watch the floor debate over health care reform in the Senate. Senate Republicans are preparing hundreds of points of order and objections to the stall the legislation, according to The Hill.

Newspapers have fought over the years to open up court proceedings to the public, but with declining revenues those fights are diminishing and courtroom transparency is reducing. Another development as the media world shifts in the age of the Internet.

The Wall Street Journal put together a short FAQ on the Audit the Fed bill.

In a none too shocking finding, Lobbyists.info finds that congressional Democrats receive the most in lobbyist campaign contributions. This isn’t shocking considering that lobbyists are far more likely to contribute to the party in power.