About DeMint Watch

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South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is famous for his fundraising and political grandstanding. By following his public activities and fundraising junkets, we can expose the connection between apparently content-free politics and the corruption that is inherent in our political system. The more we know about the connection of money and politics, the better we’ll understand how to create a new kind of politics in South Carolina, one that values public service above rhetoric.

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2 Responses to About DeMint Watch

  1. Toby Hoffman says:

    Where is his vote against subpoening BPs drilling records as it gushed? I heard he was the only one.

    • Scott West says:

      Thanks for the reminder. DeMint did indeed do as you said. He took the floor to block S.3462, and kill the subpoena of BP’s records relating to the spill and also neuter the oil spill investigation commission. I found this article published by Mother Jones on July 1.

      Yesterday Republicans blocked a bill that would grant subpoena power to the oil spill commission President Obama formed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon disaster and make policy recommendations to prevent future drilling calamities.
      But when Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) attempted to bring up the bill under unanimous consent yesterday, Jim DeMint (R-SC) blocked it. His spokesman told Politico that DeMint didn’t object to it personally. On the floor, the senator said he was objecting “on behalf of other members of the Republican caucus.” Who in particular? Well, obviously no one wanted to admit as much.

      – Source: http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/07/Demint-blocks-subpoena-bill-oil-spill

      Politico did a story on the incident as well:

      A similar measure passed the House last week by a vote of 420-1. A spokesman for DeMint said the South Carolina senator himself does not object to giving the commission subpoena power, but was acting on behalf of “members of the Republican conference.”

      -Source: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=89C1A3F8-18FE-70B2-A827F2E3BB5ABA6F

      Here’s DeMint on the floor of the Senate:

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