GOP Political Whoring 101

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There are a lot of nasty rumors flying, mostly about the GOP, campaign finance reform, vote fraud, and tales of some rather tacky donations.  There are stories about the possibility that many of Romney’s donors are large donors and that he’s not pulling in the small individual donors needed to translate into voters in the general election.

“…”We’re in a situation where if you’re really rich, you have an enormous, and I think unfair, advantage,” Gingrich said. “The trick is not to cripple the rich, the trick is to empower the middle class.”…”

What bothers The Pink Flamingo the most are the rumors about GOP vote fraud.  I’ve been hearing some tales for months.  I hope they are just that, rumors.  The problem is the fact that there is starting to be a pattern here.  The appearance that is being presented to the world is that we are dealing with a GOP that has become corrupt from the inside out. We all know that I have no use for Ron Paul Bots, but they are being treated, according to reports, like dirt in the state conventions by the Romney people.  If even one of these tales is true, it is one too many.

The GOP should be like Caesar’s wife, above suspicion.  The problem is, when you have tens of millions of dollars being dumped into super PACs by a few well-heeled individuals, it makes one nervous, to say the least.  Four years ago, when Obama was running and money was flowing, the same conservative pundits and Romney supporters who think this is just peachy-keen for Romney, were constantly complaining about Obama.

It works both ways. If it was distasteful for the GOP when Obama was running, the this sort of thing should be equally distasteful now.  Granted, the super PACs are something new, but think back to 2008 and the complaints from the right about the money going into Obama’s campaign.  There is nothing worse than hypocrisy.  Right now the right reeks of it.

Obama’s people have filed complaints against Karl Rove.  What took them so long?

LA Times

The Pink Flamingo is not quite sure just who is the biggest political whore, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. They’re both quite good at it.  If Romney does allow Sheldon Adelson to donate $100 million to his Restore Our Future PAC, then he could be the biggest whore of them all.

From Democrats for Sale:

“… Adelson and the Koch Brothers can scream witch hunt all they want but we heard the same from Rupert Murdoch when the story in London broke about News Corp.  First of all agencies don’t waste money tracking down unfounded rumors.  IOTW where there is smoke, there is usually fire.  …

It is obvious the Koch Brothers don’t value the middle class as evidenced by their comments and using a multi-millionaire as their candidate to buy this election.  They believe their millions are the answer to everything.  Romney is not a strong individual and would be in their hip pocket to do their bidding.  He would be so afraid that they would turn on him, he would do what they said.  Anyone who flip flops all the time is subject to being a puppet of the wealthy donors.  

We have seen it with the first two years of Obama when he was beholding to big donors.  He decides to step outside the box and go after Wall Street.  What happens?  The the big donors from Wall Street dump Obama and go to their next pigeon Mitt Romney.  ….

Wish I could say it was only the Presidency that was For Sale but it is Congress as well as big donor groups like the Koch Brothers and Crossroads spend millions on ads for Senate seats.  They spin and sometimes lie in the ads to make their candidates look better.  Many of the large donors hide behind groups like Crossroads that do not have to disclose donors.  …”

Very few politicians are willing to stand up against this kind of prostitution.  John McCain is one of them.

“...McCain concluded that “There will be scandals, there’s just too much money washing around Washington today… I’m afraid we’re for a very bleak period in American politics. To somehow view money as not having a corrupting effect on elections flies in the face of reality.” But we should recall that he had the opportunity to stop some of those corrupting practices, and didn’t take it, preferring to wait for the corruption to unfold….”

Politico

“…Senator and Romney presidential campaign surrogate John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is indirectly injecting millions of dollars in Chinese “foreign money” into Mitt Romney’s presidential election effort.

“Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign,” McCain said in an interview on PBS’s News Hour.

“That is a great deal of money, and we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization… that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and corporations are not people,” he said.

Adelson announced Thursday he would be giving $10 million to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future, and reports stated his future contributions to pro-Romney groups could be “limitless.”

The issue of foreign money finding its way into presidential politics comes up each cycle. In 1996, the Clinton administration was engulfed in a huge Chinese political funding controversy known at the time as “Chinagate,” whereby agents of China funded Democratic political organizations. 22 were convicted of felonies and many were associates of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Romney has also come under criticism for his former corporation Bain Capital’s business ties to Chinese state-owned firms, some of which are linked to the Chinese military and simultaneously seek to acquire U.S. technology firms.

But McCain’s comments appear to be the first criticism by a Republican of a Republican donor for earning his fortune in China and then spending some of that money on a Republican political organization….”

The worst part of this is that Romney’s drooling apologists are now damning John McCain for trying to keep the nation on the straight and narrow when it comes to allowing the plutocracy to take control, even more than they already do.

Commentary

What The Pink Flamingo finds amusing about all of this is that when Adelson was contributing big bucks to Newt Gingrich, his money was somehow linked to organized crime.  Now that he has seen the light and is on a mission from God to bribe We the Little People to vote for Mitt Romney, why, he’s pure, I tell you, pure!

The worst part of this is that, in order to prop up Mitt Romney, those who support him must suspend all reason and logic.

Think Progress

“...Imagine the outrage if Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton had solicited a $10 million campaign donation from the owner of a Macau casino that was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

There would be calls for impeachment, and an independent prosecutor, and demands that the campaign give the money back.

But that was then and this is now. Billionaire casino operator Sheldon Adelson may end up giving $70 million or more to super PACs and shadow super PACs with ties to Mitt Romney, House Republicans and other federal candidates this year, and no one seems to give a damn….”

That is how John Farrell began his National Journal post. I agree! It’s even better. Check out the headline for his article.

National Journal

I guess I was mistaken when I thought Mr. Perfect once condemned Newt Gingrich for taking evil casino money from Adelson.

My bad.

Huffington Post

“…Oil tycoons Charles and David Koch, who have promised to spend no less than $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama and place Romney in the White House, have similar legal concerns. Their company, Koch Industries, is under investigation for potential FCPA violations. The company has already fired a host of employees from the European subsidiary involved in the alleged payments to officials in Africa, India and the Middle East.

The computing company Hewlett-Packard is under investigation for alleged payments made by former employees to help a German subsidiary expand into Russia. CEO Meg Whitman and her husband combined to give $200,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC.

Romney supporters are not the only big-money donors with FCPA troubles. While it is not a full-blown investigation, the SEC has opened an inquiry into whether Hollywood studios could be involved in making payments to gain access to the lucrative Chinese movie market, according to CNN Money. One of those studios is DreamWorks, whose CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has contributed $2 million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC backing President Barack Obama’s reelection, and has raised at least $500,000 for the president’s campaign committee….”

Where does this stop?

The Pink Flamingo is reminded of a few immortal words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

To me, the big bucks, big money, and super PACs violate the very spirit of …all men are created equal. The very existence of these entities violates the idea of all men are created equal.  Now, suddenly, if you can’t cough up, not a million, but tens of millions, you are no longer created equal.  The very idea of people like Sheldon Adelson or the Koch Brothers violates the very principle of the Declaration of Independence. The delicious irony of all of this is the fact that the Super PACs were created by a very flawed SCOTUS ruling by the most conservative justices of them all.

(FYI, if you want The Pink Flamingo’s opinion, a couple of these guys need to be put out to pasture.)

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2 thoughts on “GOP Political Whoring 101

  1. Very good article. If you dig deep enough some of them probably should be in jail. In today’s Romneyland, you are only supposed to investigate Democrats not Republicans no matter what Republicans do. Where there is a lot of smoke, there is fire. The hypocricy of Republicans this time is mind boggling. The same pundits who slammed Obama for Soros now see nothing wrong with Adelson and the Koch Brothers along with the two Rove Crossroads groups buying an election. I don’t even want to remain in the same party with these people who have zero integrity and think nothing of breaking the rules over and over again. Seems rules don’t apply to them only to all of us who cannot afford to donate millions.

  2. I think we all just need to sit back with a big gulp soda and a huge box of salted, buttered popcorn, with chocolate coated peanuts dumped into the tub, and enjoy the show. It’s going to be a doozy!

    SJ

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