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sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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reply to FFH

Re: Here is the FULL top 10 list

said by FFH:

»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.


FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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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

join:2005-09-28
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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.


openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
united state
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reply to sonicmerlin

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.