Has anyone seen Chip?
Posted October 15, 2014on:
So has anyone seen Chip today? I’m sure you all know Chip. If you’re like me and you have ever signed an online blog petition of any liberal group, once they’ve got your name and email address they are going to continue to email you and it will go on…and on…and on. The story line is always the same: Can you chip in $25 to help out in our fight against: The Koch Bros, ALEC, the Republicans, every right wing kook out there.
Back during the 2008 primaries, I made a number of contributions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. None were that large and I certainly didn’t go over or even approach the limit of what an individual can give. Still those actions were enough to get me on “lists”. Between that and the online petitions I have signed, I sorta feel like the girl in high school who wondered why she got so many calls at home until she found that someone had scrawled on the boys’ bathroom walls: “For a good time, call Suzy 555-1212”. At first I was flattered. Wow, it’s so important that I contribute to this campaign. Nancy Pelosi is counting on me to help the Dems regain control of the House. Such a heavy lift there, but yeah I can do it (no I can’t – no one can help you get the House back right now). Then they started bargaining with me about how much they wanted. “Can you just chip in $5.00 to help out?” When what they really wanted to say was “HEY! It’s 5 measly bucks! And besides, we know you spend more than that on: pizza, beer, nachos smokes and the other stuff”
And then the emails got more plaintive: “Fred I’m begging you…”. And then the next one would be “Fred don’t make me beg again to throw some dollahs at our effort.” Finally it was the plaintive “Please don’t delete – this is too important!”. Yeah, okay. [del]
And then it was Mary Landrieu. Now I have contributed to Mary several times, but I reached my limit which was self imposed. My reasons for contributing were varied: Landrieu is more of a centrist than to the left of the party and when it has been important (like in post-Katrina nola and Louisiana) she’s brought home the bacon and then some. She has been successful in delivering contracts for ships to be built by Louisiana shipyards and helped secure a portion of the BP oil spill money to go to the state. In other words, she has served her state well. And the other reason is her opponent Bill Cassidy sucks. But I’m even getting a little tired of Mary right now. I have done what I could within my self-imposed spending limits but she can’t take no for answer.
But then, I found out some stuff about Mary. Mary has been two-timing me and it’s with the “big boys”. She’s not only sending me nice little emails and letters asking me to help out but she’s courting these other fellas and I’m just not sure what she’ll have to do for them, if you get my drift. The info below is from a blog Louisiana Voice written by Tom Aswell.
Tom did the research on the major candidates this year to research their contributions, and as he said:
Because we have long been opposed to the dominance of big money in the electoral process, particularly on behalf of the best politicians money can buy, we decided to basically ignore the individual contributions in favor of shining the bright disinfecting light of sunshine on Political Action Committee (PAC) money.
It is, after all, PAC money that reduces the role of the individual voter to that of insignificant pawn even though it is that same individual voter/insignificant pawn who must ultimately go to the polls and pull the lever for these instruments of the special interests. In effect, we vote not for a particular candidate, but for the special interest or lobbyist of our choice when we cast that ballot. And yet, because we must, in the final analysis, be the ones who actually go through the process of voting, we delude ourselves into believing that our form of corrupt democracy actually works.
Courtesy of Tom, here’s a link to the PACS that have donated to Landrieu. You may find some of them eye-opening, considering the source and the fact they were contributions to a Democrat.
As promised, here are select PAC contributions, the good, the bad and the ugly, to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu ($2.6 million total):
- AMERICA WORKS PAC: $2,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
- AMERIPAC: THE FUND FOR A GREATER AMERICA: $5,000Affiliated with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland)
- BLUE HEN PAC: $1,000 Affiliated with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware)
- DAKOTA PRAIRIE PAC: $5,000 Affiliated with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)
- DEMOCRATS FOR EDUCATION REFORM PAC: $8,740 (this one kinda gets me if you go to the link and read about them)
- FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR FUND: $2,500 Affiliated with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
- FRIENDS OF CHRIS DODD: $1,000
- FRIENDS OF SEN. CARL LEVIN (D-Michigan): $2,000
- GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. PAC: $1,000
- GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP PAC: $5,000 (really Mary…really???)
- GLAXOSMITHKLINE PAC: $1,000 (no need to even explain, is there?)
- GREEN MOUNTAIN PAC: $7,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
- HALLIBURTON CO. PAC: $2,000 (another Oh really)
- HOLDING ONTO OREGON’S PRIORITIES: $5,000 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)
- HOOSIERS FIRST PAC: $4,000 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana)
- KELLEY DRYE & WARREN PAC: $1,000 (this one you should check out for the legal work they’ve done)
- LOBO PAC: $7,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
- LONGLEAF PINE PAC: $5,000 Leadership PAC of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
- MERCK & CO.: $5,000 (another rep of Big Pharma)
- MISSOURIANS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY & CHANGE PAC: $2,500 Affiliated with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)
- MONSANTO CO. CITIZENSHIP FUND: $2,000
- MORGAN STANLEY: $2,000
- NARRAGANSETT BAY PAC: $7,600 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
- NEW MILLENNIUM PAC: $2,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
- NEWS AMERICA HOLDINGS, FOX PAC: $1,000 (part of Newscorp/Fox)
- NISOURCE, INC. PAC: $6,500
- OPPORTUNITY & RENEWAL PAC: $2,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)
- OXBOW CARBON & MINERALS: $5,000 Oxbow CEO William Koch—the “other” Koch brother along with David and Charles (another oh really here)
- PAC FOR A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: $2,600 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
- PEOPLE’S VOICE PAC: $2,500 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)
- PFIZER, INC. PAC: $4,000 (again the drug companies)
- PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH & MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA (PhRMA): $2,000
- SEARCHLIGHT LEADERSHIP FUND: $5,000 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid
- BOEING CO. PAC.: $2,000
- TO ORGANIZE A MAJORITY PAC: $5,000 Affiliated with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
- UBS AMERICAS, INC. PAC: $2,500
- VALERO ENERGY PAC: $7,000
Some of the PAC contributions make sense in that the companies have a presence in the state, such as Monsanto. Some of them such as Glaxo, Merck , Pfizer and Pharma make me sick to my stomach because they are part and parcel of why we have such high prescription costs in this country. And imagine: if this is the list of PAC money from oneof the “good” politicians (in my opinion), imagine what some of the others look like.
This is a totally open thread.
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