Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Good Kind of Evil

From the party that brought you "for it before I was against it", let's really talk about big money in politics:
Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor.

“I don’t hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,” he told host Andrea Mitchell on “MSNBC Live."

“For Bernie to say he doesn’t have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs. Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don’t go after labor unions.”  (boldface mine--Darren)
Hypocrisy, thy name is the Democratic Party.


BB-Idaho said...

"In terms of direct contributions to candidates, business groups have given about $618 million to Republican candidates since 2000, on top of another $31 million to GOPers from ideological groups, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Labor groups, meanwhile, have given under $35 million to Democrats over that same time period."
"When it comes to outside spending on ads, of the top five groups so far this year, four are conservative, one is liberal (Priorities USA), and none are labor unions. The first union on the list, the SEIU, comes in at 13th place. The AFL-CIO, the country’s biggest union, is even further down the list, just under Americans for Rick Perry, a super PAC that supported the Texas governor’s ill-fated presidential bid." Salon 6-12-2012
-Shame on Bernie if you must, but unions are a fraction of what they were 1941-1956, while oddly productivity is way up, profits
sky high and working people have seen their wages stagnate since
the last decent GOP president. Yeah, I liked Ike.

Darren said...

Here's where I get my information on contributions:
Not a lot of Republican-leaning ones at the top of the list.
Take the $$ for #1 (a liberal) and see how many of the top conservative people you have to add up to get anywhere near him.
The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released its list of top all-time donors. It totaled contributions from 1989 to 2012 from PACs and individuals affiliated with the heavy hitter organizations.

CRP designated each of the heavy hitters as Democrat, Republican, or “on the fence,” meaning between 40 and 59 percent was donated to each party. In some cases, percentages did not add up to 100 due to third party donations.

None of the heavy hitters in the top 10 were Republican (three organizations in the top 10 were on the fence). A Republican-leaning organization did not make an appearance on the list until number 17.

Here are the top ten biggest political donors....

If liberals want truly want to get "big money" out of politics, I challenge them to remove the post in their own eye before worrying about the splinter in mine.