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Flickr photo by Pranav Prakash.

If you read one thing today . . .

Wouldn’t it be great if all of these “outsiders” who campaign against “business-as-usual” would actually do things differently when they arrive as newly-minted members of Congress? Alas, the WashPo’s Dan Eggen says that the incoming freshmen are already awash in K Street cash. A preliminary tally of contributions collected since the election shows that newly elected House members have raised at least $2 million:

The aggressive fundraising efforts underscore the financial pressures facing new members of Congress even before they take their seats. The contributions also represent a symbolic challenge for the Republican class of 2010, many of whom gained office by running against the ways of official Washington and monied interests.

“The lobbyists are all saying, ‘Welcome to Washington; let me help pay off your debt,'” said Nancy Watzman, who tracks political fundraisers for the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. “It’s particularly interesting when so many of this year’s freshmen were running against Washington. But as soon as they get elected, they come to Washington and put out their hand.”


Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips says if the GOP establishment is unwilling to fully embrace the Tea Party, then the simple solution would be to take over the Republican Party. Phillips has written Sarah Palin, urging her to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“We need you as Chairman of the RNC. You have shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment. You did it in Alaska,” Phillips writes in the letter. “If we end up with establishment control of the GOP and their support for an establishment candidate in 2012, Obama and the socialists will have won…We need someone who will put conservatives in control of the party apparatus, not RINOs.”

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ABC News correspondent Brian Ross has a revealing look at some of the partying that went on this week in the Twin Cities at the Republican National Convention, including one lobbyist-sponsored party that featured a band named “Hookers and Blow.” Ouch. To learn more about how lobbyists and corporations have turned the political nominating conventions into free-for-alls for influence peddling, check out this Public Citizen’s report. We’re not picking on the Republicans, either. The Democrats did just as much partying, if not more, on the lobbyist teat last week in Denver. Here’s an earlier ABC report from the DNC in Denver, including an interview with Public Citizen’s own congressional ethics expert Craig Holman.

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The Republican National Committee may be feeling a little less huffy this week over the usage of the initials “GOP” and elephants, as Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan Levy notes on the Consumer Law & Policy Blog.

Last week, the RNC was up in arms and threatened to sue CafePress for allowing users to sell items displaying images that included the “official elephant logo” and the acronym “GOP.” The RNC today has backed off its claim that CafePress was violating trademark laws. The decision marks a victory for free speech … and common sense.

You can read the specific terms of the agreement on CafePress’ blog. For more coverage, check out these posts on Wired and Politico.

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