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FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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Here is the FULL top 10 list

»www.opensecrets.org/orgs/index.php
Top 10 Heavy Hitters:

AT&T Inc $45,461,879
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $42,883,511
ActBlue $42,399,451

National Assn of Realtors $36,749,493
Goldman Sachs $32,660,452
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $32,505,695
American Assn for Justice $32,432,279(i.e. trial lawyers)
National Education Assn $30,812,330
Laborers Union $29,629,800
Service Employees International Union $28,659,682
It isn't just those nasty corporations that are buying Congress. 7 of the top 10 are either unions, trial lawyers, or big pocket individual Dems.

Seems like AT&T has to spend big bucks just to level the playing field.

openbox9
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But that doesn't make for nearly as juicy of a story. AT&T barely beat out a compilation of unions representing employees of the public sector.
"battling efforts to privatize public sector jobs"
Kind of incestuous it seems.


ArrayList
netbus developer
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Brighton, MA
dont forget that IBEW is a large portion of AT&T's own employees.

sonicmerlin

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reply to FFH5
said by FFH5:

»www.opensecrets.org/orgs/index.php
Top 10 Heavy Hitters:

AT&T Inc $45,461,879
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $42,883,511
ActBlue $42,399,451

National Assn of Realtors $36,749,493
Goldman Sachs $32,660,452
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $32,505,695
American Assn for Justice $32,432,279(i.e. trial lawyers)
National Education Assn $30,812,330
Laborers Union $29,629,800
Service Employees International Union $28,659,682
It isn't just those nasty corporations that are buying Congress. 7 of the top 10 are either unions, trial lawyers, or big pocket individual Dems.

Seems like AT&T has to spend big bucks just to level the playing field.
Unions are the result of a group of individuals volunteering money out of their pocket for a common cause. Corporations are nothing like that. They use their profits derived from customers, whose political affiliations have absolutely nothing to do with products they purchased from said corporation, to manipulate legislators.

Even an attempt to make a pity plea for "investors' sake" is inane. The vast majority of corporate stock is owned by the top 20% richest in this country. If everyone is truly equal, as our constitution states, what's good for "investors" is undoubtedly not what's good for the country overall.

Of course you know this very well already and are trolling, but hey, I'm a generous troll-feeder.

sonicmerlin

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reply to openbox9
said by openbox9:

But that doesn't make for nearly as juicy of a story. AT&T barely beat out a compilation of unions representing employees of the public sector.
"battling efforts to privatize public sector jobs"
Kind of incestuous it seems.
What is your quote referring to? Do you even have a point?


FFH5
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reply to sonicmerlin
said by sonicmerlin:

Unions are the result of a group of individuals volunteering money out of their pocket for a common cause.
Don't make laugh. Union political contributions are made by the union leaders often over the objections of their membership. Individual union members aren't volunteering squat. It is coming out of their union dues; dues they usually have no say in setting.


battleop

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reply to sonicmerlin
"volunteering money out of their pocket for a common cause"

When you have to join the union you are not volunteering anything.

Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA
reply to FFH5
Note that some of the largest amounts are from public employee unions. Their members are supposed to be working for us but such amounts suggest that some of them are clearly working against we the people.

JBT

join:2002-12-06
Tucson, AZ

who do they mean by att?

Att, sbc, cingular? A number of other little companies who were gobbled up?


pnh102
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Mount Airy, MD
reply to FFH5

Re: Here is the FULL top 10 list

said by FFH5:

»www.opensecrets.org/orgs/index.php
Top 10 Heavy Hitters:

AT&T Inc $45,461,879
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $42,883,511
ActBlue $42,399,451

National Assn of Realtors $36,749,493
Goldman Sachs $32,660,452
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $32,505,695
American Assn for Justice $32,432,279(i.e. trial lawyers)
National Education Assn $30,812,330
Laborers Union $29,629,800
Service Employees International Union $28,659,682
It isn't just those nasty corporations that are buying Congress. 7 of the top 10 are either unions, trial lawyers, or big pocket individual Dems.

Seems like AT&T has to spend big bucks just to level the playing field.
How funny indeed. Of course there is NO OUTRAGE WHATSOEVER over all that union spending on bribes. And to add insult to injury, public sector unions are doing this WITH TAXPAYER MONEY.

To be fair, I include Government Sachs as another entity that bribes Congress with taxpayer money.

So why all the focus on AT&T? It seems far more bribes are done using taxpayer money by organizations that exist only because of government.
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SandShark
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reply to FFH5
said by FFH5:

»www.opensecrets.org/orgs/index.php
Top 10 Heavy Hitters:

AT&T Inc $45,461,879
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $42,883,511
ActBlue $42,399,451

National Assn of Realtors $36,749,493
Goldman Sachs $32,660,452
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $32,505,695
American Assn for Justice $32,432,279(i.e. trial lawyers)
National Education Assn $30,812,330
Laborers Union $29,629,800
Service Employees International Union $28,659,682
It isn't just those nasty corporations that are buying Congress. 7 of the top 10 are either unions, trial lawyers, or big pocket individual Dems.

Seems like AT&T has to spend big bucks just to level the playing field.
I thought the NRA would have been on that list.


FFH5
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I would think the NRA would be higher too. But they are #41 on the list at $17.6 M.

»www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php?order=A


KrK
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reply to FFH5
AT&T is giving as one entity. The Unions mentioned are made up of tens of thousands of individuals raising funds.

openbox9
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Are you really that unwilling to read posts and the content that they link to? Read this link.


KrK
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reply to pnh102
Classic FUD.

They are employees, just like anyone. That's their income, their pay for working. Claiming it as Taxpayer funds is disingenuous at best. As said above, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of individuals is not the same as one single entity.
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openbox9
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said by sonicmerlin:

The vast majority of corporate stock is owned by the top 20% richest in this country. If everyone is truly equal, as our constitution states, what's good for "investors" is undoubtedly not what's good for the country overall.
Considering pension funds and the like own a significant portion of the market, I disagree strongly with your belief that "what's good for investors is not good for the country". BTW, if you're going to PDOOMA percentages, don't make them nice round numbers. They're not very believable.

sancraig

join:2003-11-05
Saint Louis, MO
reply to KrK
Thats a wierd way to raise funds. I pay my dues they choose what to blow the money on even when I object to the way they blow them.

Crooks the lot of them.


pnh102
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reply to KrK
said by KrK:

They are employees, just like anyone. That's their income, their pay for working. Claiming it as Taxpayer funds is disingenuous at best. As said above, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of individuals is not the same as one single entity.
So?

These unions' bribing of elected officials is a conflict of interest because their paychecks are cut by the same people they are bribing.
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footballdude
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reply to KrK
said by KrK:

AT&T is giving as one entity.
Not true. The PAC represents donations to the cause from individual employees and is not a condition of employment, unlike union dues.