From the Hiding In Plain Sight Department, Aaron does good work with the lobbyist database. Here are some folks who have taken money from
Bechtel lobbyists who work with Bechtel (thanks to Hoyapaul) — Aaron doesn’t specify a time frame:
House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi – $2,200
Speaker DiMasi’s Committee for a Democratic House PAC – $925.00
House Majority Leader John Rogers – $1,200
Senate President Robert Travaglini – $1,950
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Marian Walsh – $700
Steven Baddour, Senate Chairman of Transportation – $1,525
Joseph Wagner, House Chairman of Transportation – $1,800
Walter Timilty, House Ways and Means – $700
Attorney General Tom Reilly – $5,600
Chris Gabrieli – $525
Interesting that Marian Walsh is the one currently proposing the toughest legislative remedy: A blue-ribbon commission with subpoena power. I might suggest that she give that money back, if she wants to boost her cred on this. Same goes with everyone else, of course, but I’m not holding my breath. (Does Gabrieli need the money?)
This is the Big Dig culture, folks. We’ve got the receipts to prove it. Well done by Hub Politics — but why do we have to wait for a blog to do this stuff? (And why did we at BMG wait for a conservative one to do it? — Don’t answer that.) The data is all right there. Every time these cats open their mouths, the press should put a dollar figure along with their quote; you know, sort of a statistic by which we can measure them, like batting average. “Baddour has really hit his stride, batting a cool $1,525” — that kind of thing.
Update: One of the frustrating things about the database is that you only know the names of the lobbyists who gave the money, and not necessarily who’s the originator of the money. I came across this when trying to find out which legislators Microsoft might have been trying to influence in the open-document kerfuffle late last year. Hoyapaul correctly points out the mistake of equating money given by a lobbyist with a particular company that that lobbyist represents. I’ve reworked the original post to reflect this reality. My bad.