Sectors With Much at Stake in Debt Talks Heavily Invested in Supercommittee Members


The 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction won’t be making decisions about what spending to cut in a vacuum: They bring with them ties to particular industries and loyalties to particular political patrons. And a new section of OpenSecrets.org helps you follow the money associated with these high-profile politicos. According to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, these 12 lawmakers have collectively raised more than $592 million since the 1990 election cycle. Big chunks of this money have come from interests with much at stake during the deficit reduction talks. » Read More

Supercommittee Members Far Wealthier Than Average Americans

The net worths of politicians sitting on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction range from just over $100,000 to more than $238 million, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The median net worth for these dozen lawmakers is $1.2 million — nearly 13 times larger than the net worth of the average American family. » Read More

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