Campaign 2010

Jan 07, 2011

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions is at it Again

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions is at it again.  While embroiled in a controversy about missing his swearing-in to attend a campaign event in the Capitol with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Roll Call reports that Pete Sessions is using his official stationary to offer to be of assistance to Republican lobbyists.

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions’ actions raise even more troubling questions:

1)      How many of these letters did Pete Sessions send on his official stationary?

2)      Since Pete Sessions was not a sworn Member of Congress will he reimburse taxpayers for the cost of sending these letters?

3)      How many of the letters were sent to NRCC donors?

Sessions Sends K Street His Office Cheat Sheet

By Anna Palmer, Roll Call Staff
41 minutes ago

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions is used to hitting up K Street for campaign contributions, but now the Texas Republican is making it a little easier for lobbyists to contact his Congressional office.

Sessions recently sent a two-page letter on official Congressional letterhead to constituents and lobbyists featuring an updated contact list of his staffers, including phone numbers and issues those aides cover.

One Republican lobbyist who received the letter said it was the “first” he’d received from a Member.

“This sure makes lobbying a lot easier,” the lobbyist said.

Sessions spokeswoman Emily Davis said in a statement that the letter is within House rules.

“Consistent with franking guidelines, Congressman Sessions’ office has a history of updating constituents and those who represent his constituents regarding changes in official congressional contact information and staff,” Davis said. “Congressman Sessions is proud to provide an accessible, accountable and service-oriented office and staff.”