Since Reshma launched our campaign, hundreds of volunteers have
been making calls and knocking on doors because they have lost faith in
their leaders and believe we need a new brand of ethical leadership in
Washington. Reshma isn't running to become a part of Congress -- she's
running to change Congress. She's pledged to never take a penny of
corporate PAC money and has put forward detailed "Congress-ready" ethics legislation to clean up the Capitol.
Reshma has been holding Carolyn Maloney accountable for hosting
two fundraisers -- one at the home of a financial lobbyist and another
at a James Taylor concert -- while negotiating key provisions as a
conferee on the financial regulation bill.
A few weeks ago, Carolyn Maloney released a negative
mailer attacking Reshma for running a "dishonest" campaign with "no
Here are the facts.
On May 26th, the Washington Post reported that Carolyn Maloney was recommended for a spot on the financial regulation conference committee.
On the day the financial regulation conference committee began negotiating Wall Street reform, Carolyn Maloney spent her morning at the home of a prominent financial lobbyist (invitation here)
raising money from the very interests she is supposed to be regulating
later that day. As the independent, non-partisan and non-profit
Sunlight Foundation reported: "Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., planned two
fundraisers this month, including a June 10 breakfast at the home of
lobbyist Robert Raben, founder of the Raben Group, which lobbies on
financial issues. The invite highlights Maloney’s committee positions
as chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a member on both the
Financial Services and Oversight Committee and Government Reform
On June 14th, shortly after the fundraiser at the home of the financial lobbyist, the Wall Street Journal reported
that Maloney was one of the few lawmakers on the financial regulation
conference committee still holding fundraisers during negotiations.
In the article, Maloney's office even defended the practice.
There's No Doctor's Note, For A Broken Heart
It's Valentine's Day and I'm all alone. I should be working today, but I was able to take today off, because I got a note from a physician.
Even though I was able to stay home, I'm as miserable as ever, so let
me tell the whole story. Just over a week ago, I decided that I wanted
to surprise my boyfriend at home. I had gone to his house, because I
had a key, and I started making dinner, prior to him coming home. I sat
down at the dinner table, which faces the front door, and I waited for
him to arrive. God I needed a break from work.. some form of excuse.
I saw the car headlights outside, I stood up, just waiting for him to
walk through the door. Unfortunately, he did walk through the door, but
he was passionately kissing another woman. Obviously, they were headed
for the bedroom, but seeing me there, ruined everything for him. I was
so embarrassed, because I had even taken the time to make a cake,
which was sitting in the middle of the dinner table. He stopped what he
was doing, and he was in complete shock. I told him off, and I walked
out the front door of the doctors office.
week I was sad, while I was at work. I also go to school part-time, and
the heartbreak was affecting my work and my schooling. I know I needed
some free time to myself, but I didn't know what excuse to give, so I
can get time off work, or get the time off of school. I've used some
excuses in the past, but a broken heart is not one of them. I thought of going to see Dr. Brian, but I knew he wouldn't write me a phoney slip. I decided to take a sample of a doctor's note, and look online for more.
Since I know what a real doctor's note should look like,
I looked for templates that would match the example that I had. I came
upon the perfect template that looked exactly like the doctor's note I
had received from Dr. Brian in the past, so I checked through the
information, and printed out several forms. I called out of work the
next day, and I told them that I would be out sick for a few days,
because I was not feeling well.
I was told that before I return to work, I would have to have a doctor's note to return to work safely.
I didn't have to call out from school, I just had to turn in the fake
doctors note when I returned to school. I spent the rest of the week
crying, and even on Valentine's Day, I cried even more, I'm still glad
that I got to stay home to mourn my relationship.
Two days later, on June 16th, the Washington Post reported that
eight House members are under investigation for holding fundraisers
close to the House vote on the financial regulation bill -- the same
actions taken by Carolyn Maloney six days earlier.
But Maloney wasn't done raising money from the interests she was supposed to be regulating.
Maloney also sent an invitation inviting
special interest PACs to attend a fundraiser and reception at James
Taylor concert on June 23rd, in the middle of the final negotiations
for important provisions in the bill. Maloney charged
PACs $2,500 a person to join the Congresswoman in a suite for a private
reception before the concert. Maloney's campaign won't release a
list of the attendees, but among the PACs that donated right before the concert: Bank of America.
After the event, various news outlets reported on Maloney's fundraising at the James Taylor concert and question the appropriateness of the event.
After the Huffington Post asked Maloney if it was appropriate to
be fundraising from the interests she was supposed to be regulating,
Maloney told them that she attended the concert
because Carole King invited her, not because she was having a
fundraiser. She also says there weren't any lobbyists in her
suite "that [she] could see." Politico pointed out that Maloney's response makes no sense: "the only problem is it was Maloney's own fundraiser, as the invitation shows."
Another Politico story cites several
sources that say Maloney was “less than outspoken” and a member of
Congress pointed out that a tough primary challenge was one of the
reasons. Maloney is also named by Wall
Street executives as one of the Congressional members that continued to
seek donations during the financial regulation reform debate.
The House Ethics Manual is clear that a Member or staffer should
not solicit contributions from companies with which they are working on
legislation at the very time that work is being done, because of the
appearance of offering official action in exchange for a contribution.
(see House Ethics Manual p. 147)