WASHINGTON, DC – During his formal campaign kickoff announcement earlier this month, Boulder-based investment banker Eric Weissman joked that he would not be able to “out Jared Jared” in his effort to unseat the incumbent, Democratic Congressman Jared Polis.
Though the comment was a subtle dig at Polis’s self-financing abilities—the sixth richest member of Congress, the tech entrepreneur has an estimated worth of nearly $66 million dollars according to Roll Call—the issue of wealth has new significance for this year’s race. A recent insider trading scandal has tied Polis to a widespread practice among Congressmen who use their exclusive access to non-public information to make investments. Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC – Though conservative luminaries attending the annual CPAC Conference this past weekend had hoped the conference would establish a GOP frontrunner once and for all, the race for the 2012 presidential nomination has only become more competitive by the conference’s close.
Underscoring the closeness of the race, Rick Santorum, coming off of big upsets in the Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota GOP contests, implied that his main rival Mitt Romney bought his seven-point victory over him at the CPAC straw poll.
Santorum compared Romney’s presence at the CPAC straw polls to that of Ron Paul, known to bus supporters to CPAC in order to ensure his victory, on CNN’s “State of the Union”. “The Romney campaign, how many tickets they’ve bought, we’ve heard all sorts of things,” Santorum said to host Candy Crowley. Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC – According to his latest FEC filings, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) has yet to follow the precedent of party leadership and return tainted campaign donations from Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor as well as Chairman and CEO of the failed financial services company MF Global.
Multiple committees in Congress are currently investigating the brokerage firm’s failure, holding another hearing on its collapse last Thursday. Corzine, a former bond trader himself, testified in front of a Congressional panel back in December of 2011 on the disappearance of nearly $1.2 billion in consumer funds. Read more »