Horse industry ponies up for political campaigns

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Written by JAMES R. CARROLL Louisville Courier-Journal WASHINGTON (May 13, 2012) — America’s horse industry has contributed more than $8.7 million to state and federal campaigns and political parties since 1989, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. Equine-related interests also have spent $2.2 million lobbying in Washington, the foundation said. Political action… Continue reading Horse industry ponies up for political campaigns

Pay to play in Congress and the horse slaughter bill

Milt Toby, writing for The Horse blog, analyzes the monetary contributions that influence politicians, and why or why not certain pieces of legislation pass quickly and easily, and some, like the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, languishes year after year in Congress, often not even getting a vote. Toby opens with: Eight out of 10… Continue reading Pay to play in Congress and the horse slaughter bill