Welcome to this week’s roundup (Jan. 28- Feb. 3, 2015) of must-read stories in the world of money and politics. Check back on Tuesday afternoons for more on the ever-increasing influence of the super-rich on American government. In the comments section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories and any we may have missed.
— New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, on taking advantage of perks like celebrity access and free luxury travel — habits The New York Times says have “raised eyebrows.”
— Center for Responsive Politics’ Russ Choma, explaining the significance of several key donations to Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
— Elijah Zarlin, Senior Campaign Manager at CREDO, in The New Republic.
— A Center for Responsive Politics analysis, which also found that senators who voted against the bill received seven times more from environmental interests than the senators who voted for it — although the environmental giving was on a much smaller scale.
— Cherine Bauer, in one of 32,000 public comments submitted to the Federal Election Commission regarding rule changes in the wake of McCutcheon v. FEC.
— The New York Review of Books’ David Cole on how Citizens United has destroyed the concept of “one, person, one vote.”
— Harper’s, breaking down the beverage industry’s campaign against a one-cent soda tax in Berkeley, CA last year. Despite the efforts, the tax passed.