Rep. Camp adjusting fundraising schedule.
National Journal and Sunlight Foundation are reporting that Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), a member of the debt reduction “supercommittee” will not schedule any additional fundraisers while serving on the committee.
"My view is, anything that was scheduled before, I'm going to continue with that schedule. [But] I'm not going to add new items of a fund-raising nature,” Camp told reporters yesterday.
That’s a step in the right direction. These 12 supercommittee members should be focused on the job at hand—finding a balanced approach for reducing the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion--not taking cash from wealthy special interests hoping to influence negotiations.
On Monday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said he wasn’t going to raise money for himself while serving. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he has “canceled a bunch of events,” and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) canceled an October fundraiser scheduled with the National Association of Realtors.
It’s sinking in. The American people won’t support a plan from this committee if they think campaign donors and special interests have overly influenced the process.