How to increase campaign contributions in lean times

Get yourself named to the congressional "super committee" studying what to cut in the federal budget.

Campaign contributions reportedly are down, especially hitting freshmen GOP congressmen who expect to face close re-election races in 2012. But some lawmakers are enjoying bulging campaign chests, according the Sunlight Foundation:

The campaign of super committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., took in more than twice as much money in the third quarter of 2011 as it did in the second, newly released Federal Election Commission records show. Overall, two of the six House members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction--popularly known as the "super committee"--reported increased fundraising totals in the third quarter.

There are others, according the group's report. I guess no one should be surprised that membership on the committee would draw cash.

While you're at it, take a look at Sunlights's web site and its links. Lots of interesting information about government transparency (or the lack of it) and campaign funding.

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