The AP tells us that the Terrible Senator from the Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan was bought off, and for cheap:
Sinema has long aligned herself with the interests of private equity, hedge funds and venture capital, helping her net at least $1.5 million in campaign contributions since she was elected to the House a decade ago. But the $983,000 she has collected since last summer more than doubled what the industry donated to her during all of her preceding years in Congress combined.
The donations, which make Sinema one of the industry’s top beneficiaries in Congress, serve a reminder of the way that high-power lobbying campaigns can have dramatic implications for the way legislation is crafted, particularly in the evenly divided Senate where there are no Democratic votes to spare. They also highlight a degree of political risk for Sinema, whose unapologetic defense of the industry’s favorable tax treatment is viewed by many in her party as indefensible.
“From their vantage point, it’s a million dollars very well spent,” said Dean Baker, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal-leaning think tank. “It’s pretty rare you see this direct of a return on your investment. So, I guess I would congratulate them.”
It’s peanuts to them, really. I’m not surprised that Sinema was bought off, I’m surprised she was bought off so cheaply. Man, talk about a rube!
We are wishing Rep. Ruben Gallego well and hope that he has a nice, relaxed run-up to primarying Sinema for the 2024 cycle. We are willing to bet that he raises literally millions of Ameros the moment he announces.