Financial Rescue Plan — Constituent Calls Take New Tone?

By September 30, 2008Economy

From Bloomberg:

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — Lawmakers received a flurry of calls demanding that they revive the U.S. economy after the House’s rejection of a $700 billion financial-rescue plan triggered a record drop in stocks, House aides said.

The calls countered an earlier outpouring of opposition to the legislation.

“A lot of people called to complain about losing their shirt,” said Sean Brown, press secretary for Republican Representative Joe Barton of Texas, who opposed the measure. Calls have gone from overwhelmingly against the bill to about 60- 40 or 70-30 in favor of it, Brown said.

Interest, attention, motivation, perhaps even a reconsideration — they can all change for constituents and members of Congress, both.

Meanwhile, the Center for Everything is a Quid Pro Quo engages in its usual reductio ad absurdum. From AP:

House members who supported the bailout have received 51 percent more in campaign contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate sectors than those who opposed the legislation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a private group that tracks money in politics.

And in the world of attribution silliness, can’t we get a little more direct credit than this? 

An aide to one top congressional Democrat said that leader had heard from groups like the Chamber and the National Association of Manufacturers that were stressing the need to approve the legislation, not change it. The aide, who did not want the member identified, spoke on condition of anonymity.

 But wait. The NAM doesn’t make any campaign contributions! Or so we’re told, on deep background.

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