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    Seth Cline

    Seth Cline
    Seth Cline joined the Center for Responsive Politics in September 2011 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May. He previously worked as an editorial intern at Forbes, writing for its Leadership section and Corporate Responsibility Blog, and at The Daily Tar Heel, where he served as lead elections reporter in 2010.
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      Follow the Money

      Looking Back at South Carolina Winner Newt Gingrich’s Long Money-in-Politics Past

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jan 24, 2012
      Looking Back at South Carolina Winner Newt Gingrich's Long Money-in-Politics Past

      Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina GOP presidential primary, defeating Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Despite claiming to be an outsider, Gingrich has been in Washington a long time. Since he was first elected in 1979, Gingrich has heavily relied on support from his home state, as well as the health and financial sectors, to fund his campaigns.

      Of the top 11 donors to Gingrich since the 1990 election cycle, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics, four have headquarters in Atlanta: Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola Inc. and BellSouth and AT&T Mobility (both of which are subsidiaries of AT&T).

      One Percent Tea

      Tea Party House Members Even Wealthier Than Other GOP Lawmakers

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Jan 5, 2012
      Tea Party House Members Even Wealthier Than Other GOP Lawmakers

      Their politics may differ. But both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement have laid claim to representing the interests of the middle class, whose economic frustrations helped spur the groups’ establishment and growth.

      So which side’s congressional lawmakers come closest to embodying that wide swath of the U.S. population? Or, in Occupy terms, which side is closer to the 99 percent?
      Neither the members of the House Tea Party Caucus nor those of the House Progressive Caucus — whose views most closely align with the Occupy Wall Street movement — are remotely middle class, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics of congressional personal financial disclosure forms covering 2010, the most recently available data.

      Moolahs

      Boehner, Cantor, Ryan Among Goldman Sachs Investors in Congress

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Nov 26, 2011
      Boehner, Cantor, Ryan Among Goldman Sachs Investors in Congress

      Goldman Sachs, the most notorious investment bank on Wall Street, has two things in common with the legislators with significant investments in the company: wealth and power.

      According to research by the Center for Responsive Politics, 19 current members of Congress reported holdings in Goldman Sachs during 2010. Whether by coincidence or not, most of these 19 Goldman Sachs investors in Congress are more powerful or more wealthy than their peers, or both.

      Nine of them sit on either the most powerful committee in their chamber or committees charged with regulating the Wall Street giant. Moreover, seven of them are among the 25 wealthiest members of their respective chambers, according to the Center’s research.

      And of the six lawmakers who fall into neither category, two are the most influential Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

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