Congratulations to Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. Sue Myrick, who are being recognized and honored today as loyal servants of Wall Street. Well, maybe “honored” isn’t the right word. The Campaign for America’s Future has released a report that lists members of Congress who voted for the Wall Street bailouts but against financial reform — which was designed to rein in the financial institutions that drove the economy into a deep hole. The report also reveals how much money those lawmakers have received from Wall Street. The list, derived from data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, includes 90 members of Congress, including 21 GOP senators, 60 GOP representatives, and 9 Democratic representatives.
So, guess who made the Top 10 in total dollars collected from Wall Street? Yep, our own Richard Burr — already renowned as a devout puppet of whatever corporation hands him money — tied for 8th on the Wall Street Stooge Honor Roll. Burr, reports writer Zach Carter, scored $1.5 million in Wall Street cash this year alone. Burr also tied for 10th place in the Congressional race for career-long Wall Street donations, having raked in $3.3 million during his 15 years in Washington.
The biggest wads of money went to senators, but that didn’t stop House member Myrick from cashing in, too. She received $93,600 from Wall Street this year alone, and has snagged $1.2 million from them during her Washington tenure (which makes Myrick’s change of heart about term limits a little more understandable).
Other Carolina members of Congress being “honored” today for their slavish devotion to Wall Street are Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who received $1.1 million this year, and $2 million during his career; Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), $23,400 this year, $502K career; Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), $20,400 this year, $806K career; Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC), $35,700 this year, $494k career; and last but not least, Rep. Joe “You lie!” Wilson (R-SC), $155,500 this year, $580K career. Congrats all!