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‘Big Oil’ lobby to begin donating to political candidates

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, February 24, 2011 20:23 EDT
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The American Petroleum Institute (API), which represents more than 450 oil and natural gas companies, has announced it will start donating to political candidates this year as President Obama aims to cut subsidies to energy companies and expand environmental laws.

“This is adding one more tool to our toolkit,” Martin Durbin, API’s executive vice president for government affairs, told Bloomberg in an interview. “At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

The API spent $6.7 million to lobby Congress and the White House last year, ThinkProgress reported, making it the seventh most prolific spender in the oil and gas industry, following ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Koch Industries and BP.

API President and CEO Jack Gerard sharply criticized President Obama proposal to cut billions in subsidies to energy companies, saying it would eliminate thousands of new jobs.

“It’s no surprise the administration is proposing yet again to raise taxes on the U.S. oil and natural gas industry,” he said. “But it’s still a bad idea and comes at one of the worst times in our economic history.”

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for investments into clean energy, declaring they should be paid for in part by cutting federal subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry.

Obama said the United States should get 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, though he included nuclear power, “clean coal,” and natural gas as part of that standard, in addition to wind and solar.

On Thursday, Richard Ranger, a senior policy adviser at API, called on President Obama to lift drilling restrictions on Alaska’s outer continental shelf.

In July 2010, Greenpeace obtained an internal memo from the API that showed the institute funded and developed a fake grassroots campaign to attack environmental legislation.

“API will provide the up-front resources,” the email said. “This includes contracting with a highly experienced events management company that has produced successful rallies for presidential campaigns.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    We will be watching who they donate to very closely. I would advise any candidate that wants my vote to refuse the contributions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    I think I would watch Soros, Goldman Sachs, BP, Google, Microsoft and others who give BIG to Obama/Hillary. Remember, the War Machine operates through BOTH parties not just one. Watch the contractors, watch GE, watch the Koch brothers, and the Neo-Cons.

  • Anonymous

    After a decade of year after year after year record profits for oil and gas industries, where the fuck are the jobs, asshole.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Whadaya mean “begin”? Have they ever stopped?

  • Guest

    Hang around long enough, Greed-Ridden Robber Barons, and you will learn–somehow, some way–that KARMA is a BITCH!!!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I’m sure they’re all reading your post right, preparing their strategy based on that.

  • Lincoln Paradox

    Watch all you like. The don’t have to disclose their donations.

  • Guest

    “Remember, the War Machine operates through BOTH parties not just one.”

    WELL SAID, TruthRegimes.

    I had to think of what wars you were referring to since the corporate media has made those murderous aggressions nigh invisible.

  • Anonymous

    Legalize Hemp for Green Jobs.
    Boycott fossil Oil.
    Learn how and educate.
    http://www.hempcar.org/
    http://www.builditsolar.com/
    etc.etc.

  • Jaimie11

    I’ll bet they are going to donate to Obama richly – they’re all in alternative and clean energy now, don’t ya know.

  • Anonymous

    the sad truth is that these are just the legal contributitions that we can track. I am sure they would never illegally funnel money to undermine the public and bribe officials! They don’t need to be regulated!

    And Charlie Manson should have gotten probation ……

  • Gecko Brothers

    I cannot wait to see the first presidential debates with the participants wearing jump suits from Gulf, Shell, and Sunoco like they do in Pit Row at Nascar. I’m all for open govt. Citizens united is going to make things really interesting for everyone involved.

  • Anonymous

    As Mr. Bumble sings at the beginning of OLIVER!, “Boy for sale.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    And all the whores in Congress are on bending over to take it from behind. Thanks again corporate America!

  • Anonymous

    API President and CEO Jack Gerard sharply criticized President Obama proposal to cut billions in subsidies to energy companies, saying it would eliminate thousands of new jobs.

    “It’s no surprise the administration is proposing yet again to raise taxes on the U.S. oil and natural gas industry,”

    Newsflash for Jack Gerard: Cutting subsidies is not the same thing as raising taxes you flaming @ss hat. Those are handouts the taxpayers shoulder for the most destructive and profitable industry on the planet. Not only do we have to clean up your messes but you get billions in handouts. I wish I wasn’t an atheist because at least I’d know scum like Mr. Gerard would be burning in hell for eternity.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of the lack of corporate honesty we can learn , even at a minimum where the money is going. We will have to make our decisions based on what we learn. Keeping an eye on the dollars as best we can, is all we can do. As an aside, I listen to green960.com, people like Thom Hartman, do what they can to tell us where corporate money is spent politically. B. Sanders is on every Friday and he does the best he can to let citizens know where the lobby money is being spent. That info should help us know who is and who is not taking the money. Worth a listen.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Hey Justice Alito are you STILL shaking your head?

  • Anonymous

    The bastards pay no taxes. We make up for what they don’t pay. They pay the tories money to remove more money from our pockets. And americans have a hard time paying for high gas prices and heating oil. Why don’t you capitalist pigs go around in cities and fill peoples gas tanks up and/or oil tanks for heating? Give your money to the people at the bottom. The others have all the TORT money.

  • yvonneo

    As it stands now, most of the corporate powers–such as the energy corporations–have paid little to no taxes for years and yet where are the jobs–it seems they’ve disappeared anyway. Now these greedy bastards are claiming that ending energy subsidies and expanding environmental laws is a tax increase that threatens job growth? Oh wait–I guess it does threaten job growth in the sense that they’re holding jobs hostage until their every demand is met (which is to continue to not pay any taxes or have any legal restrictions on their behavior whatsoever). All I can say to this bullshit is….FUCK THEM!! They are disgustingly greedy, parasitic corporate creatures who are literally sucking the life blood out of the rest of us. So as far as I’m concerned, there is not enough money in this world that will convince me to vote for their guys, who are predominately from the republican party. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, large campaign funds to any candidate by big business will be a major red flag. So I’ll be watching very carefully to see whose campaign receives substantial corporate funding in the next election and then not vote for them.

    Also, consider this quote from one of our founding fathers:

    “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare to challenge our government to a trial by strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” — Thomas Jefferson.

    Well, obviously, the aristocracy of monied corporations was not crushed in its birth–so we today are left to deal with what has now become a monstrous corporate beast. The above quote by Thomas Jefferson reveals that corporate powers have been working to undermine the peoples’ govt since day one. This quote also reveals the intent of our founders was that the people and the peoples’ govt should be protected from the financial power of corporations. So, IMO, the Citizens United ruling by those five SCOTUS justices so undermined the people and the peoples’ govt as to be an act of treason. Our founding fathers fought to free us from the corporate powers of their day and yet here we are today still being challenged by the “aristocracy of monied corporations.” But now they’ve had well over a century to undermine our Constitution and the peoples’ authority under it.

    If our democractic-republic is to survive, we must rise up and take a stand against the “aristocracy of our monied corporations”–the plutocrats–before they finally succeed in destroying everything our founding fathers and many others along the way fought and died for.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    -brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

  • Anonymous

    the bookies are in town lets see who get the most….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    Nationalize all of them. That’ll learn them good and quick. We could keep the price near the same, and apply the massive profits to R&D for alternative fuels, and funding for our Universities where the bulk of the research would be done.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you SCOTUS for really screwing the people.

  • Anonymous

    Should read “Tax payer subsidies being spent to subvert Democracy” You know the fascist koch brothers are involved in this big time.Their motto is “poison Democracy, the air, the land, the sea, the future”

  • http://caveat.pcriot.com/ George

    Why don’t they save their lobbying money, take the tax incentives being put into clean energy and create jobs. There is no way it will cost jobs. If anything the loss of the subsidies will create more jobs so they can increase output to maintain the profits. It’s just scare tactics as usual. Either way what they lose in subsidies they will gain in tax breaks for creating some other form of clean energy. They just want their cake and eat it too!

  • Guest

    The fires of hell must run on oil.

  • Schmice

    What are you? Rational?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    Well, at least now we know why the price of gas has jumped in the past couple of days. The oil companies need the extra billions to stuff up the asses of all those politicians. This is also the reason why the scam of higher prices and low supply, remember the 70′s?, won’t be investigated. So much money will be stuffed up the politicians asses that they’ll be burping green slime.

  • parrots_abound

    “At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

    Why America is failing..

    NO Lobbies should be ‘influencing policy’, and NO politicians should be listening anymore. I don’t care how good, noble, or “upright’ your lobby thinks it is. ALL LOBBYISTS should be on their own, or else Government is bought and paid for by the highest bidder.

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid they have already taken over. It’s just that now they can be open about it. It’s disgusting. Our democracy has become a board room joke.

  • CozmicSeer

    “This is adding one more tool to our toolkit,” Martin Durbin, API’s executive vice president for government affairs, told Bloomberg in an interview. “At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

    could be interpreted as

    “This is adding one more bribe to our lackeys”, ….”At the end of the day, our mission is trying to screw the public in as many ways as possible under the guise of influencing the policy debate.”

    That’s the way I read it.

  • Gecko Brothers

    I get money every time I say that!

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Profits are up. Especially big oil.
    Bonuses are obscene.
    The people that brought the financial market down are still free.

    But according to Republicans, “Unions are trying to destroy the middle class.” Christie

    If “Corporations” are persons, why don’t they pay their share of taxes? What percentage do you pay? Bank of America, manages 2.2 trillion(?) and pays a tax rate of 14% …14%
    Big Oil gets billions in subsidies, our money.

    Why is the right out to destroy the middle class?

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Just what we need a lobbying organization funded by major corporations, many of which pay absolutely no federal tax on their record profits, spending huge amounts of money to determine the outcome of the election. Let’s just rename the country the The United Corporations of America.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    I agree but do you really think he American Petroleum Institute or the politicians they buy cares who you or I or any of our allies vote for?

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Just like the American Bankers Association is Barny Frank’s biggest contributor.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    How many new jobs have been created with the subsidies? It would be somewhat different if the subsidies were only going to small struggling companies. But when Exxon-Mobile is getting subsidies after having the largest profit of any corporation in history there is something wrong. The major oil companies seem to think their profits should not go toward anything but officer’s income and their investor’s pockets, and most do not seem to even care about the small investors just the big cats.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Yes, up and down vigorously.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Gas is the alternate fuel.

  • Anonymous

    If the subsidies were only going to small struggling companies Congress would have cut them years ago.

  • Anonymous

    Corporations don’t have to but candidates do.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! You mean ‘alternatives’ like fracking’……that ain’t clean sweet pea. The GOP House has eliminated all clean/alternative energy tax credits for consumers and businesses in their proposed budget….but of course, they kept the oil subsidies.

    You think the GOP did that for their corporate pimps because the oil industry is “in alternative and clean energy now”? Logic is not your strong suit.

  • Harry Tuttle

    Between Wisconsin, the supreme court’s giving corporations the right to usurp democracy of, by and for the people and this story… if you don’t think there is a class war in this country you’re just plain stupid. The noose is around your neck and your being hung. Get off your ass and do something. Tribal sand dwellers are more civilized than we are.

  • Anonymous

    USA is no longer a free Country. What we need here is a General Strike from Sea to Shining Sea!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, just maybe if they don’t donate all of that money, the wouldn’t need subsides.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6FSQPG5G2N5SYVOMSZ7SRXG57I Angry Liberal

    If we tried that, you would see the tea party swing into action with live ammunition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6FSQPG5G2N5SYVOMSZ7SRXG57I Angry Liberal

    I think a spending strike would be more effective. If people only bought essentials for a few weeks, the corporatist’s would be on their knees.

  • Anonymous

    And so the “bribe a conservative candidate” season beings.

  • Jaimie11

    And reality is not your strong suit. If there is money to be made, even by suppressing alternative energy Big Oil will be there. If there are tax credits to be had, Big Oil will be there. The alternative energy future, the realization of which if not quite near, will be in the hands of Big Oil as they have bought influence on its direction and speed of development – and do you for a moment think they haven’t? How do the oligarchs own the world, ms. chick? By owning all sides, one way or another, of all issues.

    http://www.heatingoil.com/blog/big-oil-making-big-investments-renewable-energy/

  • Anonymous

    We GIVE almost $12 billion dollars a year in tax cuts to oil and energy companies, which include the largest an richest companies in the history of the world.

    Remember this when you are paying $5 a gallon for gas.

  • DesertSun59

    “At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

    Staving off the inevitable. That’s all the money does.

    Ultimately, when sea level rises and ports are no longer viable, then trade begins to halt. When permafrost melts and the frozen carbon becomes methane, all that money spent to prevent alternate energies to become viable, is moot. When weather patterns become so unpredictable that farm land is no longer consistently able to produce, those tens of millions of dollars to prevent the development of new forms of sustainability are for naught.

    It’s a simple equation. We’re on an exponential curve of population growth and an arithmetic progression curve for carbon emissions. The two curves are not sustainable. One will have to stop. You and I both know which one will stop sooner rather than later. But it won’t just stop. It will reverse and it will reverse quite hard and fast. When it does, remember to duct tape your windows like Rumsfeld warned us to do.

  • Anonymous

    We should do both…count me in!

  • Jaimie11

    Yes! Exactly. He gives them regulation with representation. :)

  • Anonymous

    Then please explain to me the reality of Big Oil spending millions attacking climate change science and government funding R&D for alternative energy. Why are their whores in Congress cutting tax credits? Why do they fight raising CAFE standards? It’s not like the concept of peak oil is new, these companies have had decades to get on board of the side that is sustainable and have done more green-washing than actual investment over the years.

    When GM rolled out the first electric car, guess who bought the battery? An oil company. And what did they do with it? They stuck it on a shelf. Were they that stupid they didn’t think somebody else would create an electric car? No…they were that greedy.

    They can’t ‘own’ the sun. They can’t ‘own’ the tides or the wind. At this point they can’t even own that technology at this point because despite their better efforts, others have developed it. So, instead they fight it.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    While I think allowing corporate profits into the political process is flat out wrong what follows is what every candidate can do to effectively fight back.

    With a person dressed like the Monopoly banker handing a look alike of the Big Money candidate a stacks and stacks of money the Announcer says: Mr. Big Money candidate SAYS he is going to Washington to fight for the little guy and fight corruption but he has taken money and support from the largest corporations and special interest groups. He has consistently voted to give these same corporations and special interest groups BUDGET BUSTING tax breaks and loosened regulations on their industries. I guess Mr., Big money has a different definition of the little guy.

    Camera switches to the peoples candidate at a local soup kitchen who looks in the camera and says “I don’t take corporate profits or special interest money to run my campaign and my voting record proves that I really know who the little guys are (looks at the fellow servers) and I KNOW that Americans on MAIN street need more help that the fat cats on Wall street.” (as the camera pans the line out the door to the food kitchen)

    “This November when you walk into that voting booth just ask yourself who is on your side(split screen between the Big Money candidate taking the bundles of cash and him behind the soup line) . I’m the Peoples candidate and I approved this message!”

    Ya see in a war the first and most important thing to do is IDENTIFY the enemy and this type of commercial does just that. The reason the baggers are confused is that the Democrats have FAILED to indentify the Repugnants as the enemy of the PEOPLE! Once they accomplish that feat it’s all downhill for the Repugnants in the voting booth!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    with his hand out.

  • Jaimie11

    The answer to your question is in the last sentence of my comment.

    How do the oligarchs own the world? By owning all sides, one way or another, of all issues.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    They aren’t the only ones with live ammunition.

    And you bring up a salient point. At some point we’re going to have to decide if the profit-motive is sacred, or human lives and dignity are. That will require a removal of one segment of our society; this fake fight between corporatist parties can’t continue forever. We’re just loath to push the point because we’re actually decent human beings and would like to solve the problem with reason and compassion, but the opposition has no such decency or compunction and has asserted for years that they will not cede.

    I say we get this over with instead of dragging it out for 20 more years. I’m tired of teabaggers cheering on abuse and threatening violence. We’ve been pulling this band-aid off slowly for decades, now it’s time to just yank it and be done with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Verite-Laide-lImbecile/100000472938032 Vérité Laide l’Imbécile

    We need to admit to ourselves as a nation that we have lost the ability to elect representatives that actually represent the interests of the majority of the citizens. Until we make all campaign contributions a felony, including contributions from yourself, this nation will continue to be run by proxies of large multi-national corporations.

    Tax and Jail the Rich in 2012!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Verite-Laide-lImbecile/100000472938032 Vérité Laide l’Imbécile

    Then we can finally start jailing these tea party traitors as the terrorists they are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Must be some Euro-commie with book learnen and stuff. Damn intellectuals, always thinkin and knowin stuff. Makes me angry and I don’t know what else to do but throw a tantrum! /snark

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    so they can cut that 14% from BofA down to 0%.. we only need a trillion in revenue to keep the MIC running, nothing else matters to them. They don’t see (nor care about) the starving children from their gold-plated toilet perches.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    They would only take a 15% to 20% hit in their bottom lines.. They would then look at their expenditures and pick up the last of their jobs from the U.S. and move them overseas. They would start buying more politicians in other nations and make up the losses in 10 to 15 years..

    The U.S. is on the way out as a significant staple in their profit model. On purpose. It’s been 30+ years in the making, and with exploding consumer societies in China and India, the U.S. is going to be nothing but the strong-arm (military) of the corporations. They will continue to invest millions into getting their puppets in office and continue making their tyranny “law” (laws that don’t apply to them already).. all the way up until we, as a people, tear down the entire thing. — given history, we won’t do much about it. Kings survived because they fed their soldiers well, even while the peasants were eating dirt and worms.. same thing here. Private mercs will be very content to fire on Americans.. the price is right, ya know.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    regardless of the party letter behind their name.

  • Anonymous

    Lobby these people with C4….

  • Anonymous

    First off, subsidies to wildly profitable corporations do not make sense.

    Secondly,
    “The API spent $6.7 million to lobby Congress and the White House last year, ThinkProgress reported, making it the seventh most prolific spender in the oil and gas industry, following ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Koch Industries and BP.”

    This means that despite the *shocking* story title, ‘Big Oil’ has been doing just that for some time and it’s just one lobbying organization that has announced it’s going to step up it’s spending due to Citizen’s United. But I’d still expect more from the individual Corporate Citizens as much of the time they have their own individual specific priorities. So really, this is just an announcement to politicians that says in effect,
    “C’mon boys, the anti-environmental, oil industry-wide lobbying feed wagon is right here! Don’t go anywhere else for your funding!”

    Nice to see the Free Market finally produce some true, honest competition.

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid you are mistaken in your statement regarding, “interests of the majority of the citizens”. Corporations have been found to be Citizens. Majority has found to be measured in dollars. Taken that way, the government is acting exactly in the interests of the majority of the citizens.

    Corporations need to be stripped of Citizenhood. They have no true liability & no responsibility toward the Common Good. They have become nothing more than a proxy agent for their *human* owners, who also each have a vote and representation as Human Citizens.

  • Anonymous

    Wait…Oil companies make over $10 Billion in profit A QUARTER. Why, exactly, do they need/deserve tax breaks? And just how many new jobs have they been creating during their record profits?

    More BS from the corporate overlords. And these donations are “free speech”? I guess a small group are more free than the rest.

  • Anonymous

    Every time you fill up you are enabeling the oil cartel. Drive under the speed limit. Accelerate slowly. Live at 66 degrees. We have to refuse their candy. It’s killing us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    And you read it right!

    You see how rapidly things are going and in all directions. They (the rich corporations), are running out of time to implement their final coup de gras on the people. They have generated chaos and fear among the american people testing our patriotism towards our sacred documents while waiting for a defiant response towards their actions.

    We are responding , although very slowly.Their lawlessness is rampant and they have us grabbing for straws to combat their onslaught of anti-american prosperity tactics, while pushing pro-corporate madness at every turn. We the people are outraged over their display of plutocracy and reckless government control, justice dept control, DoD control, housing control, political spin news control, agricultural control, and banking control and now the API telling you right in your face that they will influence elections and if you don´t like it, well lump it?

    Whose going to stop them from abetting and financing THEIR choices of those who are more than willing to continue to tow the line for their agenda and for a chance at political fame and tyranny. Since the “Rule of Law” is subverted by them and the constitution trampled upon and with no reprisals from We The People; towards their actions?, Do they see this as an inevitable victory over democracy?.Where is the american dream now?, transformed into an uncertain future?.

    A future all but diminished by the vicious, corrupt, and unscrupulous greedy corporations who have the audacity to call themselves patriots of the Republic. Can we now resolve ourselves to defeat? Without firing a shot? Have we collectively given up? What will become of our legacy for the future? Does it end now? I emphatically say, HELL NO! we cannot let this happen.

    We The People must take america back from those who are so willing to destroy her in the name of Profits.

  • Robert Shaftoe

    Please make politicians wear outfits like NASCAR which show each of their sponsors.

  • RottenJohnny

    Hello Fountainhead, goodbye freedom.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Nationalize oil and gas and stop the screwing the taxpayers are getting from big oil.

  • Schmice

    You are very funny.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    Well, of course the oil companies have to contribute to politicians. They supply the lubricant for all the cash that is stuffed the politicians asses from the drug companies, the military equipment companies, the banks and all the other corporations who own their slaves in congress, the senate and the supreme court.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    People forget Mussolini did not call his theory of government Fascist. He called it Corporatism.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    No kidding. Actually if they only went to small companies they would have never passed.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    The bigger the contribution the bigger the patch. We could see the Exxon-Mobile Presidential limousine. I wonder how much it would cost to have your corporate flag flying next to the Presidential flag? Maybe the AFL-CIO could afford to buy a bumper sticker.

  • Anonymous

    I posted last year that I was convinced Big Oil was already doing so anyway, as well as funding some posters here at Raw comments and elsewhere. And that we are constantly bombarded with Cass Sunstein “herding techniques” (wiki his name), Obama’s Minister of Propaganda.

    Anyone care to disagree with me now?

    Turn off your tv, vow to never vote for another Democrat or Republican again…or fercrissakes stop whining everyone…you are screwing yourselves by not making the vote secure, and by not using your noodle when voting for the status quo to continue.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Isn’t it always out?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Huh?

    Are you drinking some of that hallucinogen laden Nescafe that Qaddafi is promoting?

  • George

    i heard exxon an GE paid no U.S. corporate income tax last year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5GCX6PQO3UGSZDWDK6I6CPLCGI Travis the second

    Our constitution is FOR SALE

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