Sources: Lamar Smith, Harry Reid, NPR [$1 lobbyist = $222 tax breaks]
quote: Maybe it's time we amend the constitution with a "Separation of Corporation and State".Should the government ever tell a corporation which person to elect as a CEO and run the company? No! Should a corporation tell our government (through bribery or direct!) which laws to enact and bind all people and other corporations by? Never! They do not stand for us, WE stand for us.
quote: Look @ who is currently in the lead in the presidential race -- Obama and Romney.
quote: But are the small donors protecting him from "evil big business" even real? Or are they just one lobbyist donating multiple times?
quote: More likely the banks realize they're unpopular and playing along to boost someone who's proven to be on their side.
quote: At least we know the RIAA/MPAA won't be giving their $$ to Obama because on this issue he actually DID side against them.
quote: Romney already had a head start over all the other candidates because he ran in 2008 and was able to keep all of the campaign money. He had a 3yr old war chest before most other candidates even considered running.
quote: Most of the time, one person will hold a fundraiser for a candidate and will require a maximum allowable donation for the candidate and a voluntary donation for the candidate's PAC or the National Party Committee of the candidate. This person, known as a "bundler" will gather all the donations, tie it to the guest list and donate it as one big lump sum to the candidate. So, yes, the donors are almost assuredly real, but most of them are not common people, but instead are the wealthier portion of society that has plenty of money to give the PAC, National Committee, and candidate.
quote: What's Romney supposed to do? Apparently it takes $900,000,000,000 to run a campaign in this day and age that has a chance of winning, and if that's what he has to do to turn this disaster around, then so be it.
quote: Perhaps you're right. Maybe Romney is only moderately corrupt and not super duper corrupt so he will be unable to beat Obama... there's lots of ways you could look @ it philosophically.
quote: he gulf between CEO and their workforce is untenable.
quote: Greed is the motivation of CEO's these days (sweeping blanket statement)
quote: Did you not even BOTHER to read the link I put?That Open Secrets page listed the campaign contributions for THIS year alone, by quarter -- Romney was wildly ahead.
quote: Again you didn't read carefully. I was specifically referring to small $200 or less contributions.