Tag Archives: campaign finance

The NRA is Pitting Races Against Each Other To Sell Guns

Over the last several weeks, the NRA and its surrogates have, at various points, told people of each of the major ethnic groups in America—white, Black, Hispanic and Asian—that they need guns to protect them from the others. On January 1st, Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, addressed a Congressional hearing on gun violence. – Read the full article

Mr. Obama, Tear Down the Private Profit Prisons

“…men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America In 2007, a teenager in a depressed county of Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently bereft of its industrial and coal mining jobs, was sentenced to 3 months in juvenile detention.  – Read the full article

Vetting Paul Ryan, Part 3: Campaign Finance and The Ties That Blind

Bloomberg recently reported that Paul Ryan is “one of the top political fundraisers in Congress”; but where do the bulk of his campaign contributions come from, and what if any influence might they have had in his budget process? For all of the talk about “crony capitalism”, the GOP receives the most campaign finance money from big business and big banks, and some of the disparities are considerable: Finance/Insur/RealEst          30.6%   Dem   50.6%  Rep Health                                 39.0%   Dem   46.9%  Rep Energy/Nat Resource           19.3%   Dem   65.0%  Rep Agribusiness                       27.5%   Dem   68.0%  Rep Defense                              40.3%   Dem   59.3%  Rep The business industry makes up 93% of Ryan’s PAC donations; and a large share of those are courtesy of the Koch brothers, which according to Politico, “rank as the Wisconsin Republican’s sixth-largest source of campaign money throughout his career…” For those who may not know who the Koch brothers are, they’re involved in the manufacturing, refining and distribution of petroleum, among numerous other businesses. – Read the full article

Romney Must Return Sheldon Adelson’s “Limitless” Donations

“Follow the money.” –‘Deep Throat‘, All The President’s Men Mitt Romney has a gambling problem. Las Vegas Sands casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has donated at least $36 million to Romney and his Super PACs.  He has signaled that his support is “limitless” and could top $100 million if necessary. – Read the full article