The New York Times reports that last month, Issa (pictured) "dispatched letters to 150 companies" asking them which federal regulations they believe should be rewritten. The newspaper said Issa's action prompted predictable responses from the two major political parties, with Republicans bemoaning a heavy-handed government under the Obama administration and Democrats saying Republicans are tied to closely to powerful corporate interests.
The nonprofit public interest group, Public Citizen blasted Issa's move saying, "Rather than providing a platform for presentation of a corporate wish list, Representative Issa should be subjecting corporate claims to the withering scrutiny he promises for the Obama administration. It's time we ended the Kabuki theater of corporate whining, and got on with the serious business of creating jobs and making America safer and cleaner."
While the new House majority may, not surprisingly, be aligning itself with big businesses, some public interest groups are raising concerns that the conservative wing of the Supreme Court is increasingly supportive of corporate interests. Last year, the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) issued a report that the Roberts Court's five conservative justices tend to side with corporate interests.