Schumer’s Road to the Top Greased by Donations to Colleagues

By John Dunbar, Center for Public Integrity – It’s not what they teach in civics class, but the best way to snag a leadership position in Congress is by giving generously to one’s colleagues. By that measure, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is well-positioned to be the next Senate Minority Leader. Sen. Harry Reid, the top Democratic leader in the Congress’ upper chamber,  said this week he will not run for re-election in 2016, prompting speculation as to his potential successor. Two senators — Schumer and Dick Durbin of Illinois — have risen to the top of the list. Schumer’s leadership political action committee, known as “IMPACT,” doled out almost $1.5 million from 2010 through 2014, according to data gleaned from the Federal Election Commission by the Center for Public Integrity. The total includes at least $720,000 donated to Senate Democrats. Durbin’s Prairie PAC gave away $1.3 million from 2010...

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Senate Minority Leader Blames Students For Debt Crisis

By Carmin Chappell – Many things could be cited as the root of the current student debt crisis: the rising cost of higher education, lack of repayment options for borrowers, low financial literacy among young adults. These options all have one element in common—outside entities have placed obstacles in front of hardworking students trying to continue their education. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) subscribes to a different philosophy on the matter. At a town hall meeting on July 7 in Buckner, KY, he was asked what changes should be made so students would have less debt in the future. McConnell, who has been a senator since 1985, proceeded to lump all the responsibility onto students. “There are a lot of low-cost options that I hope more and more kids will take advantage of. Public schools are cheaper than private schools. There is proprietary education, which works for some...

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