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Baucus, ‘I’ve got your back, Jon’

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Politico had a very interesting piece today regarding our senior Senator and K Street Lobbyists.

Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time.

Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

One K-Streeter close to the Baucus operation said the senator considers a gift to Rehberg a contribution against him. Another Democratic lobbyist told a client to take his name off a Rehberg fundraising event because it would be hurtful to his company, according to sources.

The case K-Streeters are making to their clients: It will be a hard sell next year to get Baucus’s support on business-friendly tax perks set to expire or the Bush-era tax cuts that must get through his committee.

The game of hardball is a bold example of a powerful chairman willing to leverage his power to protect his party’s majority, his home-state colleague and potentially his own seat.

You can read the entire article here.  While many members of the Democratic Party may not always agree with Sen. Baucus and positions he has taken in the past, it’s ridiculous to argue that he is not whole-heartily dedicated the Montana Democratic Party.

Whether it’s bundling money for Democratic candidates in the state or using “hardball” tactics to protect Senator Tester from a tsunami of K Street money, one thing is clear: Sen. Baucus will go to bat for Montana’s Democrats.  And that should be applauded.

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M. Storin

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    • Oh kenny, your TOO pure, dude! Loosen up the ol' chastity belt! It's cuttin' off the circulation o your brain!

  • The amazing thing to me is that you don't seem to be disgusted by this. The man has promised to write the laws of the United States of America to the benefit of corporations who make partisan contributions in the way he likes. He ought to be impeached, and you're praising him. Try to imagine for a moment the following quote back in 2006: "Senator Conrad Burns has associates telling people that unless they make political contributions to Denny Rehberg, he will use his seat on the appropriations committee to deny them federal funding." If such a quote had occurred, most Democrats would have called for Burns' arrest. Baucus should be held to the same standard.

  • What this story says to me is that we need to immediately implement the public financing of campaigns. No more corporate contributions of any kind.

  • I wouldn't disagree with you Pete. That being said, I think it's great that Max is sticking out his neck to prevent Rehberg from becoming a U.S. Senator.

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