K Street

Speaker Paul Ryan's Budget Makes Major Contribution to Trump Campaign

Establishment Republicans, increasingly desperate to derail Trump’s candidacy, seem completely unable to understand how they have made Trump’s rise possible. To simplify it for Speaker Ryan (and Mitch McConnell and all the lobbyists on DC’s K Street) Trump is winning because he’s running against you, not Hillary Clinton; he’s running against your failure to put so much as speed bump in the road of Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.

Will Ryan sellout to K Street?

Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

As House speaker, he will undergo immense pressure from the business lobby to play ball. Past speakers went along with such pressure, in part because it never occurred to them to resist — it was assumed business was always an ally.

Scalise & Lobbyists, Donors Rally

Anna Palmer, Politico

Steve Scalise may be on the defensive on Capitol Hill, but he’s still in good standing with K Street donors. Nearly 300 K Streeters flocked to meet Scalise and see his political operation and new fundraising team.

Billionaires Who Bailed Out K Street

Byron Tau, Politico

Two billionaires are coming to K Street's rescue. GOP donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and activist-investor William Ackman are spending big on policy fights that have attracted millions to D.C. lobbyists and consultants, including former Obama aides and well-known ex-lawmakers.

Eric Cantor Abandons Constituents; Races to Big Money

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

For Cantor, quitting early doesn’t look good. Cantor gave up his majority leader job July 31, a sensible move, as a lame-duck. But then he immediately announced he wouldn’t serve as a rank-and-file member. It confirms the grassroots skepticism about Congress being full of self-dealers.

A Left-Right Convergence?

Patrick Buchanan, Buchanan.org

Both parties now feed at the same K Street and Wall Street troughs. Both have oligarchs contributing tens of millions to parties and politicians who do their bidding. When this happens, We The People lose.

Establishment GOP Leaders Take The 30 Pieces Of Silver To Pass Amnesty

The passive, weak-kneed, and principle-free response of the GOP establishment to demands for amnesty for illegal aliens is to be expected of a Party whose leading establishment figures, like Haley Barbour, readily take the 30 pieces of silver from Big Business, rather than fight for American workers, the rule of law and American exceptionalism.

TeaParty Broke K Street Stronghold

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

In the pre-Tea Party GOP, corporate interests were the main donors. Thanks to conservative groups, the Tea Party has diversified donor streams with ideological money from small business owners and retirees.

K St. Stunned at Farm Bill Defeat

Erik Wasson, The Hill

A thing of beauty: lobbyists whining over a slight hiccup in their big government gravy train.