Update: TPMm Reader SM in North Carolina got a no from both Sens. Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole. So we're up to 35.
Update: TPMm Reader MG in Utah:
I called both my senators offices. Here is what I was told.
1) Senator Bennett is on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed the measure July 27th so while it is possible that he placed the secret hold at least at one point he supported the bill.
2) Senator Hatch's office said that Senator Hatch supports the bill however if he had placed the secret hold we wouldn't know because it is secret. They also said that they had received several calls including at least one from a newspaper that was calling every senator.
I read this as putting Bennett in the unlikely category and Hatch in the TBD category.
Update: TPMm Reader GY got a probably not from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ):
I called Senator Kyl's office and I did not get a definitive answer. I was told by the aid that answered the phone that he didn't think the hold was from Senator Kyl.
Update: TPMm Reader BY got a definitive "no" from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Now we're at 36.
Update: TPMm Reader MB says Sen. John Warner (R-VA) is an "emphatic" no. We're at 37.
Update: TPMm Reader RT says Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) is "not the one." 38.
Update: TPMm Reader HP gets a "no" from Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) office. 39. A number of readers have tried Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and it seems that no one at the office knows. I'll bet pretty soon they'll figure it out.
Update: TPMm Reader DSA gets a "no" from Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). 40.
Update: TPMm Reader JI gets a "no" from Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). 41.
Update: TPMm Reader HD from Arkansas:
i got through to both offices. [Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR)] office refuses to comment on it because "if it's a secret issue," why would you talk about it, right? [Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-AR)] staffer told me that there's no such thing as a "secret hold," but that she was not the one who placed the "unilateral objection" against the bill. i give her a WTF denial.
42. [see update below on Pryor and Lincoln]
Update: TPMm Reader AR got a no from both Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS). 44.
Update: TPMm Reader HO says that New Jersey's other Senator, Robert Menendez (D) is also a "no." 45.
Update: TPMm Reader BB got a no from Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO). 46.
Update: TPMm Reader TE says that Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-MN) office says "he is on the cleared list for that." 47.
Update: TPMm Reader RS writes in and Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) office now says that he "did not put a secret hold on it." 48.
Update: TPMm Reader MF says that Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is also a no. 49.
Update: TPMm Reader PE says that Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)'s staff swears he's "absolutely not" the culprit. 50.
Update: We've unveiled our own easy-to-read official tally, which we'll be updating. There was some confusion because the count was proceeding at three sites at once. Because of that, Sens. Coleman (R-MN) and Smith (R-OR) were mistakenly counted twice (once at GOP Progress, once here). Also, I think Wonkette's tally of 33 should have been 32. But GOP Progress has also added two more - Sens. Sununu (R-NH) and Alexander (R-TN). Confused? Don't be. The revised count is 49.
Update: TPMm Reader MM says that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is a no. We're back to 50.
Update: A message from Stephen Smith, online communications coordinator for Senator Bill Frist's (R-TN) political action committee:
I can verify that the Majority Leader does not have a hold on S. 2590. Senator Frist is a co-sponsor of the legislation, attempted to bring the legislation up for the vote it deserves before the August recess, and will continue to press for a vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes.
Update: Hard-working TPMm Reader AR says that he got denials from Sens. Michael Enzi (R-WY), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Conrad Burns (R-MT), and Joe Biden (D-DE). 57. Again, the official tally is here.
Update: TPMm Reader (and Frist volunteer) GD says that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that he didn't place the hold. 58.
Update: TPMm Reader TR says that Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) is a no. 59.
Update: TPMm MB says, "[Sen. Saxby Chamblissâ (R-GA)] office said that he is a co-sponsor, but refused to say directly that he had not put the hold on the bill." and TPMm SL writes:
Saxby Chambliss' office gave me a, "No senator would answer that question, I mean, come on, it's a secret." I replied that "Johnny Isakson's office gave an on the record 'No'; is Senator Chambliss willing to state publicly that he is not the mystery senator?" The answer was a "No, he will not state either he is or is not." I stated my displeasure at his wishy-washiness, thanked the staffer, and hung up.
Update: DAY TWO! Sen. Hagel's spokesman Mike Buttry tells me that "he doesn't have a hold on it." 60.
Update: Sen. Kohl's spokeswoman Lynn Becker tells me "Sen. Kohl does not have a hold on the bill." 61.
Update: Sen. Cochran's spokeswoman Jenny Manley says "He does not have a hold on the bill." 62.
Update: Sen. Schumer's spokesman Eric Schultz simply says "no." 63.
Update: Sen. Lugar's spokesman Andy Fisher says "he does not have a hold on the bill." 64.
Update: Sen. Craig's spokesman Dan Whiting says, "Of course not." 65.
Update: TPMm Reader GD: "chuck grassley says t'ain't him, and he's trying to put an end to secret holds." 66.
Update: Another TPMm Reader GD was told, "Senator Akaka did not place a hold on S2590." 67.
Update: TPMm Reader DF says "I just called Sen. Dayton's office. He has not issued a statement but the person who answered the phone said categorically that it was not he that placed the hold on S.2590." 68.
Update: Susan Irby, Sen. Lott's spokeswoman says, "Senator Lott DOES NOT have a hold on this bill." 69.
Update: TPMm Reader BL gets a "no," from Sen. Thune. 70.
Update: Sen. Jeffords' spokeswoman Diane Derby says, "Jeffords does not have a hold on it." 71.
Update: TPMm Reader Mike: "Cindy at Sen. Martinez office told me she could guarantee that Sen. Martinez did NOT put a hold on S2590." 72.
Update: Sen. Reed's spokeswoman says, "The Senator does not have a hold on this bill." 73.
Update: Sen. Specter's spokesman Scott Hoeflich says, "Senator Specter does not have a hold on S2590." 74.
Update: Captain Ed writes in to say that a staffer in Sen. Kyl's office "says categorically that Kyl is not the Secret Holder." 75.
Update: Sen. Johnson's spokeswoman Julianne Fisher says, "Sen Johnson does not have a hold on that bill." 76.
Update: Sen. Bayh's spokesman Dan Pfeiffer: "Bayh is a strong supporter of the bill and I can tell you that Bayh did not put a hold on the bill." 77.
Update: TPMm Reader JF says she was told that Sen. Stabenow "had not placed the hold on the bill." 78.
Update: TPMm Reader RS says, "I called Carl Levin's DC office and asked if he is the one who has
placed a hold on SB2590. His staffer said no. I then asked if it was a categorical denial, and he said yes." 79.
Update: GOP Progress Editor Liz Mair writes in to say that "Senator Domenici's Assistant Press Secretary emailed in just now to say 'Senator Domenici did not place the hold on S. 2590.'" 80.
Update: Sen. Kennedy's office tells me that he "did not place the hold." 81.
Update: TPMm Reader NS says that she was told that Leahy does not have a hold on the bill. 82.
Update: A staffer for Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) called me. "It's not him," he replied, when I asked if Dorgan had placed the hold on the Obama/Coburn bill. 83.
Update: Sen. Bunning's spokesman Mike Reynard replies, "No he did not." 84.
Update: TPMm Reader DW says Sen. Conrad's spokesman Christopher Thorne says Conrad didn't place the hold. 85.
Update: TPMm Reader AA says, "I heard from the Harkin office in Des Moines (and they checked with the office in DC) that Harkin is NOT the secret holder." 86.
Update: Some TPMm Readers have questioned whether Sen. Dodd's response was equivocal or not. So we went back to his spokeswoman, and she says "Senator Dodd does not have a hold on S. 2590." So he remains in the Denial category of our tally.
Update: Hard-working TPMm Reader GD says that she was told that Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Talent are a no. 88.
Update: TPMm Reader KH finally gets an answer out of Sen. Baucus: "Called their Washington DC office and the female stafferâs reply was a flat 'No.'" 89.
Update: TPMm Reader HH says she got a no from Sen. Rockefeller's press secretary Wendy Morigi. 90.
Update: A spokeswoman for Sen. Chambliss has now given us a definitive no. 91.
Update: Reid's office tells us that he's off too. 92.
Update: Sen. Crapo's spokeswoman Susan Wheeler tell us "It's not Sen. Crapo's practice to confirm or deny any hold on any bill." So that's a refusal to answer.
Update: Sen. Carper's spokesman tells me "We have no hold on the bill." 93.
Update: According to Porkbusters, Sens. Kitt Bond and Paul Sarbanes are nos. And we've confirmed Bond with his spokesman. 95.
Update: N.Z. Bear, who's manning the post at Porkbusters, pointed out to me that GOP Progress editor Liz Mair didn't get an unequivocal no from Sen. Bennett's chief of staff - only "Not that I know of...." Accordingly, we've flagged Sen. Bennett on the list as questionable. We left a message with his spokeswoman. Readers are encouraged to get a straighter answer. Back to 94.
Update: Susan Wheeler, a spokeswoman for Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), confirmed an email from blogger Flip that Crapo is now a no. 95.
Update: Erin Rath from Sen. Gregg's office says Gregg "does not have a hold on S. 2590." 96.
Update: From Peter Carr of Sen. Hatch's office:
Given the Majority Leaderâs public request, Senator Hatch is making a rare exception to his rule not to discuss holds. He does not have a hold on this bill.
Update: Emily Christenson of Sen. Bennett's office says, "No." 98.