To understand Mitch McConnell you have to follow the money


Senate Minority Leader McConnell holds a news conference with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington

The Senate Majority Leader likes to pose as a responsible politician just trying to do the things he think are best for the country, which is why you need to look at the money flows, whether they flow from his wife’s political activity to her family business, or from Russia to the Senator’s home state.

Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.

Rusal has been under sanctions, which McConnell has worked very hard to get rolled back. This is a far more pressing topic for him than, say, worrying about Russian interference in elections (which our own intelligence services have told us is an ongoing problem).

The whole Politico article is worth reading, as as Wonkette’s snarky but detailed summary.

We know that there’s always been money in politics, no matter the party or ideology of the politicians taking it home. This seems to be an inevitable consequence of giving human beings power and then placing them near money. Still, the extent to which the Trump era has brought us into a time when Republicans barely bother to hide the ways they are cashing in (whether it’s McConnell or building baby jails for profit or ignoring the opioid crisis while a big pharmaceutical manufacturer rolls in the dough) is pretty shocking.

Or it would be, if any of us retained the ability to shocked by anything anymore.

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