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Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart

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What if members of Congress were seated not by party but according to their major business sponsors? We gave it a try.


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Carol H (229)
Monday October 4, 2010, 5:00 pm
very interesting, thanks Cal. noted

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday October 4, 2010, 5:16 pm
Noted , thanks !

Donn M (56)
Monday October 4, 2010, 6:53 pm
Interesting. Thanks, Cal.

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Monday October 4, 2010, 6:53 pm
thanks Cal, God Bless.

John C (75)
Monday October 4, 2010, 7:43 pm
What a great idea! We should adopt it immediately!

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Monday October 4, 2010, 8:36 pm
And does this come as a surprise to ANYONE?

Care For A (46)
Monday October 4, 2010, 9:54 pm
Terrific article! Thanks Cal. I hope everyone will cross-post the article on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere.


Full Report: The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America

The article covers the following topics:
I: Casualties of Economic Terrorism, Surveying the Damage

II: The Rise of the Economic Elite

III: Exposing Our Enemy: Meet the Economic Elite

IV: The Financial Coup d’Etat 

V: Overcoming the Divide and Conquer Strategy

VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won

Quote from the report:
“It has now become evident to a critical mass that the Republican and Democratic parties, along with all three branches of our government, have been bought off by a well-organized Economic Elite who are tactically destroying our way of life. The harsh truth is that 99% of the US population no longer has political representation. The US economy, government and tax system is now blatantly rigged against us.”

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 12:13 am
Noted Cal thanks.

miriam w (17)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 5:10 am
I love mother jones!

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 6:57 am
Who Owns Congress?
We The People do not,
and that should be the chief point.

Thanks, Cal.

. (0)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 7:17 am
Good to Know, thanks!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 8:37 am
What would we do without Mother Jones and a few other online magazines. I don't know how many remember when folks who were running for office would knock on the door and introduce themselves and ASK for your vote. I didn't mind that, I do mind the endless and stupid TV ads that tell me nothing about the person who is asking for my vote. If we don't want this corruption to continue we can and must support new legislation to end the ownership of our Congress and all branches of government by these dirty corporations. Think - Separation of Corporations and State - it's easy to remember and states the point.

Hans Mueller (591)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 8:49 am
Excellent article Cal. And the money keeps pouring in -

Business lobbies and trade groups have upped their spending on political advertisements to support candidates who either run small businesses or have proven to sympathize with their needs, a Wall Street Journal article reports.

The Center for Responsive Politics shows that business trade organizations overwhelmingly favor Republicans this election cycle. (Three among the top 20 recipients were Democrats.)

So far, donations from business associations and their employees to federal political interests and candidates total more than $1.2 million. Of the business-related campaign contributions, 31 percent is being spent on non-incumbent challengers, and 78 percent of Republicans are receiving company love.

Separately, these business groups have spent $59.3 million on federally reportable lobbying efforts during the first six months of this year, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce accounting for $44.2 million of that sum.

Mike M (8)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 9:31 am
Well it sure aint the America public

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 9:36 am
Thanks Cal, Incredible.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 12:52 pm
This makes sense..

Roger S (18)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 1:24 pm
Lobbyist, I'm sorry 2 say!

Peter B (54)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 2:04 pm
noted and shared thankyou Cal

Ellen W (0)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 2:27 pm
That was really interesting and even a bit surprising.

kate dyson (20)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 3:40 pm
Lobbying should be a criminal offence. Receiving money from lobbyists should be a criminal offence...get rid of this practice and the politicians may actually pay attention to what the people want as public policy....

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 6:46 pm
LOBBYISTS must go, _yesterday_.

This is disgusting, but not shocking.

Jo Hofreiter (20)
Tuesday October 5, 2010, 10:52 pm
There couldn't be a more honest FACT.
Now the Tea Party/Republicans want to add more GREEDY people to the Congress,....Geesh, how much can this poor nation take.

Lobbyists come from huge corporations with loads of money, so WILL we SELL our nation out in the coming elections...I pray not.
In Delaware today, the one of the Republicans running for office, wouldn't even come out and discussed views with her Democratic opposite...
Angle's has to have a pre-arranged questions before she will speak,...
What's the scariest thing of all is that actual citizens will vote for them...

As usual, one last question, do you want your Social Security and Medicare privatized? Then Wall Street will be controlling our live...I VOTE NO!

Take care,

Take care,

Grace Adams (43)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 5:05 am
I have been aware for a few months now that the GINI Index in the U S is over 40 and that any economy with a GINI Index over 40 amounts to the end game of a game of Monopoly. The people who have money already have everything they want that money will buy and the people who still want things that money will buy don't have any money with which to buy. So the economy crashes. 80% of income to the top 20% is normal. More than 80% of income to the top 20% is too much.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 10:42 pm
Interesting. Noted.
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