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SEIU Jumps On Blunt Fundraising Pitch

Something tells me this won't be the first commercial of 2010 focusing on Sen. Richard Shelby's statement to banking lobbyists that helping elect Roy Blunt (with a $10,000 check) and other Republicans to the Senate would "help immensely" in their efforts to block important reforms.

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Call Roy Blunt. Tell him to support Wall Street reform: 202-225-6536

One hand washes the other. That’s about what a top Republican Senator told a meeting of America’s leading bankers last month. He said the best way to protect bank’s profits and business as usual was to elect more Republican Senators. And then personally asked them for 10 thousand dollars apiece to elect Roy Blunt.

One hand washes the other. You look after us, we’ll look after you. But nobody’s looking after the 9.5% of Missourians who are unemployed because of Wall Street’s reckless behavior. And that’s pretty dirty.

Missourians need a Senator who has their best interests, not Wall Street’s. Tell Senator Blunt to stop protecting Wall Street at Main Street's expense.

As a quick refresher, this is how Reuters reported Shelby's fundraising pitch:

Also at the conference, attendees told Republican Senator Richard Shelby they view as unfair the Obama administration's proposal to set up a new government watchdog for financial consumers that would protect Americans from deceptive credit cards and abusive mortgage loans.

Asked what bankers could do to change the agenda, Shelby said, "What you can do is elect more Republicans to the U.S. Senate, that would help immensely." He asked each of the attendees to send $10,000 to Roy Blunt, a former House leader who is now running for Senate as a Republican in Missouri.

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