Washington Examiner's Tim Carney follows lobbyists ties to politicians closer than most journalists. In one of his latest reports, he shows that K Street has a solid hold on at least 4 out of the 9 named members of the Super Committee.
When Congress is talking about axing special tax carveouts and cutting federal spending, you know you'll have plenty of powerful businesses and labor unions using their lobbying clout to protect their subsidies.
That's made the Supercommittee of great interest to those of us who follow lobbying. Knowing that some lawmakers are more receptive than others to lobbyists, and some are cozier with some industries than others, the makeup of the committee intrigues me. We now have the names of nine of the twelve members, and at least four of them have particularly strong ties to K Street.
The members Carney names are Senators Max Baucus, Patty Murray, and Rob Portman, in addition to Representative Fred Upton who serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and voted for the light bulb ban in 2007 "partly because the industry favored it."