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Large Donations Buy Political Influence. That’s Why The People Have None.

Chunky Grips

3/14/2016

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During this extremely long election cycle, we hear many comments from the various contestants.  Most contestants say they will help the poor.  All of  the contestants say they will lift the middle class.  It is not a very popular thing to preach the necessity to help large corporations/monopolistic industry, and yet the latter are the ones donating the most to each candidate.  To me, this is very puzzling.  Why wouldn’t the prospective politicians want to take care of the hand that feeds them?  And if the politicians didn’t reciprocate,  why would the big conglomerates continue to give vast amounts of money to them?  Reason and history dictate that special interests do get rewarded, and handsomely, for their large donations that buy influence.  They get bailed out monetarily when they make bad bets.  They get fast track approval status for the latest pill product.  It buys the ability to get a bill passed to help navigate around red tape for profit.   

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Here is some info from opensecrets.org that outlines the current “reported” donation amounts and defines the source of funding for the top 2 candidates in each party…

Current grand totals as of 3/14/16…

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Now lets break down the individual candidates!  Lets play “Who is the most bought and paid for”, shall we?

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HILLARY CLINTON

Looks like Hillary wins!  She receives 77% of her donations from large money interests, whether from individuals or corporate entities.  Here’s Hillary explaining that she told Wall St. Bankers to “Cut it out” (in regards to speculative behavior). Ha, good one Madam Secretary.

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DONALD TRUMP

Looks like Donald wins the award for least amount of donations.  Regardless of the full court press in the media to demonize him, there is something refreshing about a candidate that doesn’t need to rely on special interests to fund his campaign.  Because as we know, when someone gives you money, you owe them a debt…and debt equals slavery.

 

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TED CRUZ

Ted Cruz wins for being the Republican candidate with the most special interest money and the second most bought candidate in the election (now that Jeb is Out).  Congratulations Teddy Boy! He also wins for having a million dollar personal loan from Goldman Sachs.  It must be nice being married to a managing director at Goldman.

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BERNIE SANDERS

The Bern has raised almost 100 mil.  Most of it from small, individual, donors.  On one hand, I like when he questions the establishment, he seems fairly genuine.  On the other hand, I just can’t get past his whole socialist thing. As Karl Marx said, “Democracy is the road to socialism.” and Vladimir Lenin followed that up with “The goal of socialism is communism.”.  Now that’s not a path that is usually good for the majority of people.  Sure the oligarchs get a good payday, but the vast majority of the people usually end up as slaves best case; or dead for questioning the rules.

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What Do YOU Think?