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Friday, December 13, 2013

Murray/Ryan Budget...Some Like It; Some Don't! Betcha Boeing Likes It

The Murray/Ryan budget deal is a great example of the Democratic Party (via elected officials) are playing political ball on the GOP's court, with a GOP ball and with GOP referees. Excuse the sports analogy. Let's try another analogy, the Murray/Ryan budget deal is like holding the high ground in a war zone. The GOP has the high ground, and it seems the Democrats are running around picking up scraps with the meager hope of piece mealing to the help people where the scraps lay. If that analogy still doesn't work for you, try this one. It often seems the Democrats and Republicans are immersed an making love (to keep it clean even though the word "love" is out of place) with only one party providing the inertia necessary for orgasmic release. The "inertia driver" (still trying to keep it clean) are not the Democrats. Guess what role the Dems seem to assume: the position!

I am reading mixed reaction to the budget deal. A great amount of glee settles on the simple fact they have a deal that will help to avoid another "budget duel" in 2014. I wonder why?  Another supposed positive result came across almost apologetically as, "......well, we avoid another shutdown."  

"Avoid another shutdown," from a liberal pundit! The GOP shutdown was bad for the economy and is reported to have resulted in $24 billion dollar GDP hit. The anti-ObamaCare failed strategy was directly from the core of GOP mega supporters and was a historic failure. A failure that should be worn as a collar by the GOP just as they are wearing the party of "No" and "War on women" monikers

"Avoid another (GOP) shutdown!" The Republicans were not going to shutdown the government in 2014. Maybe the Dems forgot one critical point about 2014: Mid-term elections.

Apparently, the "deal' includes increased airline ticket cost the will impact the middle class far greater than more well-off GOP supporters. I have also read there is an increased benefit for physicians in the budget. Yet, the working poor or the middle class unemployed may lose unemployment assistance on January 2, 2014These victims are not the chronic unemployed; they have held jobs. There plight continues and in some cases could very well have genesis in policy and practice many of House members fostered under Bush.

The deal is missing a key item. An extension of unemployment compensation is an egregious omission and an omission the GOP finds very gleeful. Moreover, I can certain GOP money-brokers and well compensation constituents find the omission down-right giddy.

Ed Schultz, MSNBC, The Ed Show, broadcast a segment that echoes my sentiments almost to the letter. Of course, there are a couple of points I feel Ed took to the level of hyperbolic, but comprehensively he covered my sentiments to the letter.

The Weekly Stander published a piece that provides a few House votes details. There is another factor about the budget negotiation that really sinks under the skin. It is common to most deliberations and negotiations in the US Congress: lobbying and the potential for influence pedaling.  The Center for Responsive Politics has published a piece about lobbying contributions to Senator Patty Murray.  We are not seeking to cast disparaging remarks towards the person who worked with Ryan on the budget deal. We are however, not trusting of anything "Ryan." Paul Ryan left me with serious doubt about his ethics and values as we watched his actions during the 2012 election campaign (e.g., soup pantry, marathon time lies). He is not only a dishonest person, he is manipulative.  And, we are concerned Senator Murray may have accomplished her negotiations with consideration of factors that reach into her district and a major financial contributor. We should state emphatically,we know both Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and President Obama were aware of deal details from start to finish. Open Secrets Dot Org

Murray's Budget Deal a Boon for Strong Supporters at Boeing

by Russ Choma on December 13, 2013 3:14 PM 

Democrats may not be thrilled with the budget deal struck by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.). But the compromise likely pleased one of Murray's biggest sources of campaign cash: Boeing.  

The budget deal averts many automatic sequestration cuts. Those cuts would have taken a big chunk out of defense spending -- and Boeing in particular would have been hit hard. The company lobbied on stopping sequestration and company executives made it clear: sequestration cuts would cripple the company. In fact, they went as far as to create a website to push back against those lobbying to go over the so-called "fiscal cliff" and embrace sequestration cuts. The airplane manufacturer, a major employer in Murray's home state of Washington, is her third largest career campaign contributor. The company's PAC and employees are responsible for at least $172,000 in donations to her campaigns. Further, since 2009, Boeing's corporate PAC and employees are the fourth largest source of cash for Murray's campaign and leadership PAC combined, accounting for $108,400 in donations. That doesn't even count an additional $151,000 that lobbyists hired by Boeing have produced for her two accounts since 2009 (it does count $6,500 that in-house lobbyists have given). Not all of those lobbyists are still being paid by Boeing, but 23 of the 99 lobbyists Boeing has had on contract so far in 2013 have donated to Murray's campaign or leadership PAC since 2009. Those 23 have given $107,350 to the two committees. 

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Images: Patty Murray speaking at a rally at a Boeing manufacturing facility in 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Top 20 Contributors

Senator Patty Murray 2009 - 2014

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Senator Patty Murray has reported a total of 211 contributions ($200 or more) totaling $153,725 in the 2013-2014 cycle. 

Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

RankContributorHires lobbyists?Lobbying firm?*Lobbyist(s) give
to member?
1Microsoft Corp$218,175$187,675$30,500
2Emily's List$197,856$194,808$3,048
3American Federation of Teachers$140,250$250$140,000
4Boeing Co$108,410$88,410$20,000
5University of Washington$103,114$103,114$0
6Denny Miller Assoc$64,700$64,700$0$61,850$47,350$14,500
8McBee Strategic Consulting$56,800$56,800$0
9Amgen Inc$53,400$30,900$22,500
10Second Avenue Partners$47,050$47,050$0$40,515$35,052$5,463
12State of Washington$37,850$37,850$0
13Blue Cross/Blue Shield$37,245$10,745$26,500
14Berkshire Hathaway$34,975$9,975$25,000
15National Air Traffic Controllers Assn$34,500$0$34,500
16National Assn of Realtors$33,750$250$33,500
17K&L Gates$33,175$25,425$7,750
18League of Conservation Voters$33,110$19,581$13,529
19Union Pacific Corp$33,000$1,000$32,000
20Carnival Corp$31,250$11,250$20,000
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*registrants, or active lobbying firm
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2009-2014 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families.Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2009-2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Monday, October 28, 2013. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")

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