Or to put it another way: Follow the (charitable donation) money
As a quick followup to Decoder/Pantless Progressive’s prior writing on donations to supercomittee members, this from the Sunlight Foundation:
Following donations to members of Congress isn’t always enough - keeping tabs on their charities is important as well.
In addition, their blog includes this curious entry:
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., also received plenty of accolades during the first half of the year. When he was honored by the Bryce Harlow Foundation, a nonprofit promoting ethics in lobbying, in April, Chevron, Marathon Oil, Shell, the American Petroleum Institute, were among the companies and organizations being generous.
Nothing wrong with promoting ethics in lobbying, but color Decoder somewhat surprised an ethics in lobbying award comes with such heavy corporate sponsorship.
While the award and Kyl’s participation on the supercommittee come far apart from one another, Sunshine points out in the next sentence that
[t]ax breaks for oil companies are a potential target for the committee, Democrats have said.