Where Obama's identity politics pays off

From Politico's Huddle Blog: CAUCUS CASH: The Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus have received a ton of money from lobbyists, as Fredreka Schouten reports in USA Today: 'Lobbyists and businesses that employ them donated $5.8 million last year to foundations affiliated with congressional groups, a USA TODAY analysis of federal lobbying data shows. 'Nearly all of it - $5.7 million - went to non-profit groups connected to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, according to the analysis. Under congressional rules, the caucuses face limits on how much public money they can use to support their activities. They also are barred from using private funds to operate. However, nothing stops lobbyists from writing big checks to the non-profits connected to caucuses.'  This is how identity politics pays off. When you have a Supreme Court nominee who talks about being a Latina woman (and engaged in identity activism for...(Read Full Post)