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Campaign Cash: A Roundup Of Money In Politics

Campaign Cash: A Roundup Of Money In Politics

Special interest money has always played a hand in electoral politics, but in the 2012 election cycle it is more nefarious and more secretive than ever. That’s where comes in. is a project supported by The Media Consortium and We the People Campaign designed to expose the influence of corporate money on the political process. Here’s a taste of what they’ve uncovered:

Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen (R) shows how to be the poster-boy for the medical device industry as campaign contributions from the industry put his fundraising efforts at the top of the Minnesota House delegation.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) has no problem keeping Rep. Paulsen company in standing up for the interests of big business. Tipton’s largest contributors come from the oil and gas industry where Tipton returns the favor by consistently advocating for tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration shows that close ties to lobbyists isn’t just for Republicans by hiring a former lobbyist for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as a new senior adviser.

It turns out, if you follow the money it will lead you to one address in Tampa, Florida where millions of dollars for influencing elections gets churned out by PAC’s–all apparently legally.

Truthout took a look at the tremendous influx of out-of-state corporate money flooding the state of Ohio as voter rally to repeal the union-busting Senate Bill 5. Money from across the country is paying for a race that is already predicted at costing in excess of $30 million dollars. That’s one costly mistake.

The Project on Government Oversight released a new report that shows being appointed to the Budget Super Committee is good for fundraising for the six House Members of the committee. How good? Try a $2,270 daily increase in fundraising dollars after being appointed.

Had enough? Join the fight to get corporate money out of our elections.

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1:51AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Is there a way to clean the slate and begin again ... short of overthrow? Help me out here.

8:43PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thanks for the info

10:30AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Huge political contributions from corporations are not contributions at all, they are bribes. Legal bribes are no more moral than illegal bribes.

10:28AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Steve R. You obviously don't have anything of value to contribute so you just make up lies. What an ASS!

6:49AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

4:49PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Really shocked and sickened that, as of this posting, there are only 11 comments on a subject where corporate and special interest money is destroying democracy and the voice of the people in America. If people remain apathetic, you have only yourself to blame for any eventuality. The Nov 2010 elections should be a lesson learned on political and voter apathy.

4:40PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Steve R posted: "Let's not ignore that while we occupy Wall Street, our spender-in-chief is accepting more money from Wall Street than all the GOP contenders combined."

Is he just being uninformed by the party line or just playing "politics (e.g. lying through one's teeth or a-hole and laughing it off when you're caught or challenged")? In actuality Obama received less than a third of what Romney has collected. Given what the other Repub candidates are also getting, I would venture to say Steve R is again lying through his a-hole. And as for "while we occupy Wall Street", I'd be surprised, based on his previous comments, if Steve would condescend to break from TeaBag ranks to sympathize with the OWS folks.

11:59AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011


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let them know we are serious and we are NOT going to turn a blind-eye with their rhetoric about various topics!

11:57AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

It is not only "out-of-state" money. It is also an insane amount of "foreign" donations/contributions. As well as, all of the backdoor shady wheeling dealing!!
WE have to put an end to corporate money in politics & we need Campaign Finance Reform! It is the only way ANYTHING is going to actually change for the better of our country!
Our politicians AKA "elected officials", should ONLY be working for US, their constituents! Instead of working only for corporations by de-regulating regulations, creating or preserving loopholes & tax breaks, etc. so that they and their friends can continue to line their pockets in gold. All along the way hurting us! basically slapping us down when so many are already down..

*sign the petition!*

let them know we are serious and we are NOT going to turn a blind-eye with their rhetoric about various topics!

10:57AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

the political system is corrupt when spending $$$$$$$$ is necessary
for a free nation to have a "worthy" president be put in office.
but like the superbowl, people get so caught up in the frenzied repub/demo bowl,
they can't even pause to see the dangers of the entire system encouraging it.

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