Public Citizen to Unveil “Special Interest Index” of Money Collected by All Congressional Lawmakers

Oct. 17, 2006 

* * * ATTENTION: NOTE NEW DAY * * * 

TELEPHONE PRESS CONFERENCE IS WEDNESDAY

Public Citizen to Unveil “Special Interest Index” of Money Collected by All Congressional Lawmakers

Web Site Will List Sums Taken from Lobbyists, PACs, More; Group Will Issue Rankings and Identify Who Is Most and Least Reliant on Special Interest Money

WHAT:   Telephone press conference to release a report detailing how much money members of Congress have received from special interest sources. Data being made available will contain the amount of contributions from lobbyists, the amount of contributions from out-of-state donors, the percentage of contributions from large versus small donors, and the amount of contributions from political action committees. Lawmakers will be ranked in each category, from who takes the most amount of each kind of money to who takes the least, as well as who takes the most special interest money in all categories combined. Public Citizen also will tally which states – through their lawmakers – are most and least reliant on special interest funding.

  The information will be available on a searchable, interactive Web site. Wednesday’s release includes information about lawmakers from all 50 states.

WHEN:  10:30 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 18 * * * NOTE: DATE CHANGE

WHO:  Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen

 Taylor Lincoln, research director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division

If you are a reporter and want to know how to access the press conference, contact Public Citizen’s press office at 202-588-7742, 202-588-7716 or 202-588-7703.