Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Big Corporate Interests Trying To Buy The Election!

Big Corporate Interests Trying To Buy The Election!

I am so disappointed. All these corporate interests trying to buy influence and access to a guy who is running for President! From the August 5, 2008 International Herald Tribune:
But records show that a third of his record-breaking haul has come from donations of $1,000 or more - a total of $112 million, more than the total of contributions in that category taken in by either Senator John McCain, his Republican rival, or Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, his opponent in the Democratic primaries.
Behind those large donations is a phalanx of more than 500 Obama "bundlers," fund-raisers who have each collected contributions totaling $50,000 or more. Many of the bundlers come from industries with critical interests in Washington. Nearly three dozen of the bundlers have raised more than $500,000, including more than a half-dozen who have passed the $1 million mark and one or two who have exceeded $2 million, according to interviews with fund-raisers.
While his campaign has cited its volume of small donations as a rationale for his decision to opt out of public financing for the general election, Obama has worked to build a network of big-dollar supporters from the time he began contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.
He tapped into well-connected people in Chicago before the 2004 Senate race, and, once elected, set out across the country starting in 2005 to cultivate some of his party's most influential money collectors.
You were expecting this article about corporate interests trying to buy a candidate to be about McCain? Look, I have no illusions about this. Jefferson wrote, "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." And the same is true for politics. Corporations (with a very few exceptions) will buy access to whoever they need to, as long they expect to benefit, and it doesn't matter if the politician is Republican or Democrat. I just want all those who are ga-ga about Obama to recognize this unpleasant fact. They may think that they are electing a hard leftist. That might be what Obama believes, but harsh reality is that Obama is a Chicago machine politician--and he will do whatever his corporate masters tell him to do.

I don't have any higher hopes for McCain--but at least he knows that we are at war with terrorists, and knows better than to propose negotiating with our enemies, while invading our allies.

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