The Politicians’ Bible: Bringing in the Receipts

It will be cold tonight in Pennsylvania, but that means nothing to dozens of politicians who are in their final week of a ubiquitous campaign to get a government job.

There isn’t a household in Pennsylvania that has active voters that hasn’t been subjected to at least two dozen TV political ads each day, several robo-calls a week, and a few dozen direct mail full-color 8-1/2-by-11 inch postcard campaign ads. Many households have already received three or four dozen such ads in the past month.

Pennsylvanians aren’t the only ones who have been subjected to a deluge of political campaign ads the past six months. In California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and West Virginia, in every state in which there is a possibility of Republicans taking Senate, House, and governor seats from Democrats, there is a battle. The tactic is fear. The facts don’t matter. It makes little difference. It’s the results the politicians, their parties, and innumerable special interest groups care most about.

This year, more than $4 billion will be spent on Congressional and Gubernatorial races on the mid-term election. From individuals. From corporations. From special interest groups. Leading the donations from special interest groups are the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which pledged to spend more than $75 million; American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, formed by Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s political advisor, which is expected to spend about $65 million; and the Republican Governors Association, which has already donated more than $30 million, leaving the Democratic Governors Association, which has contributed about $10 million, in its dust. Other Democrat-leaning organizations are Act Blue, which will spend about $15 and Moveon, which will probably spend about $25 million, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

Thanks to a 5–4 ruling by the Supreme Court in January, corporations now enjoy the First Amendment rights of individuals. And corporate money, mostly to conservative causes, has poured into the campaigns. None of the special interest groups — no matter which political ideology they embrace — are taxed.

In the third quarter alone, 23 individuals have contributed more than $100,000 each — 15 to conservative causes, seven to liberal causes, one to a non-profit, according to the CRP. Five of the six who gave more than $1 million in the past three months have donated to Republican/conservative campaigns.

The leader in campaign giving, according to Federal Election Commission data, is Bob J. Perry, owner of Texas-based Perry Homes. During the past decade, Perry donated about $35 million to conservative candidates and special interest groups, and was a founder of Swift Boat Veterans, which targeted John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

Perry isn’t the only financial whale. Former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman, has put up about $140 million of her own fortune in a bitter contest against Jerry Brown for the governorship of California. The job pays $212,000 a year. In Connecticut, Linda McMahon will spend almost $50 million of her own fortune to try to defeat Richard Blumenthal, who has spent about $6 million, to be one of the state’s two senators, according to CRP data.

While persons, corporations, and special interest groups are donating billions to the mid-term elections, American companies and corporations in every village, town, borough, and city will have outsourced about 1.6 million jobs in 2010, according to data compiled by Forrester Research; the same companies and corporations have outsourced about 5.5 million jobs in the past decade to foreign countries in order to increase the “bottom line.” About 14.8 million Americans are unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

On the streets of America, banks and various lending institutions will have foreclosed on about 1.2 million families in 2010, according to Daily Finance.

Here is another statistic. While persons, corporations, and special interest groups are donating billions to the mid-term elections, in every village, town, borough, and city in America about 750,000 persons will be homeless tonight. By the time the winners in the November 2 election take office in January, more than 3.5 million Americans, about one-fourth of them veterans, will have been homeless in the year in which more than $4 billion was spent to elect political candidates. The politicians will be warm during their inaugurals; the homeless won’t be.

Rosemary Brasch is a former Red Cross national disaster family services specialist, secretary, union grievance officer, and labor studies instructor. Walter Brasch’s latest book is the second edition of Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush. You may contact him at brasch@bloomu.edu or through his website at www.walterbrasch.com. Read other articles by Rosemary, or visit Rosemary's website.

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  1. Rehmat said on October 27th, 2010 at 8:45am #

    Bad news for these Christian extremists. Vatican called last week that Biblical interpretation of Palestine being promised to Jews or that Jews are the “Chosen People” is totally wrong and is being propagated as a political tool.

    In reponse, Jewish Lobby groups have asked Pope Benedict XVI to excommunicate Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros for such comments made ater the two-week Synod of Bishops in Rome early this month.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/vatican-bible-doesnt-promise-palestine-to-jews/

  2. hayate said on October 28th, 2010 at 12:37am #

    Mary

    “Sarah Smith is the daughter of the late John Smith whose premature death in strange circumstances – from a heart attack when alone hill-walking in Scotland? – led to Bliar becoming the leader of the Labour Party.”

    Interesting. Petra Kelly was murdered so zionists could gain complete control of the German Greens. It’s a pattern in how ziofascists operate.

  3. mary said on October 28th, 2010 at 7:56am #

    Hayate – Sorry I made a mistake about John Smith in my earlier post and asked Kim to delete the post. John Smith, Sarah’s father, was the Labour Leader before Blair. He died from a heart attack but in London. It was a great loss as he would have been a good Prime Minister and many lives would have been saved in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone if Blair, who poodled around Clinton and Bush, had not succeeded him.

    It was Robin Cook who died alone in mysterious circumstances. He had been Blair’s outspoken Foreign Secretary. For one thing, he had objected to the Israeli settlement building. He was demoted to Leader of the House and eventually resigned because he opposed the Iraq war.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Cook
    Worth a read.

    You mention Petra Kelly. There was also Dr David Kelly found dead in the woods in Oxfordshire in 2003 and for whom an inquest was never held. Within 24 hours of his body being found, Attorney General Lord Falconer, a barrister chum of Blair’s, ordered Lord Hutton to hold an inquiry into the circumstances of Dr Kelly’s death in place of an inquest, a highly unusual move and possibly illegal. Dr Kelly knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction and that Blair’s dossier was false.

    Then there were Dag Hammarskjöld and Patrice Lumumba who both died in 1961 and there are countless other deaths over time of those who ‘got in the way’ so to speak..

  4. bozh said on October 28th, 2010 at 9:13am #

    yet another another lament! this still leaves mafia [and the biggest ever, in control] to devise new ways to robs us and sends us to death.
    this writer also offers us only symptoms and not a single fact that wld lead to a necessary enlightenment which solely removes causes of criminal behavioR!

  5. hayate said on October 28th, 2010 at 11:12am #

    Mary

    I’m familiar with Cook and David Kelly. Cook died “coincidentally” very soon after he publicly stated that al qaida was an invention of western spooks operating against the Russians in Afghanistan.

    “and there are countless other deaths over time of those who ‘got in the way’ so to speak..”

    That’s called “wellstoning” in the usa – after the convenient death of Wellstone, who “got in the way” of making war on Iraq. That’s how these people operate, whether fascist or ziofascist.