:: 5.06.2003 ::
"Bonnie Tenneriello, staff attorney for the National Voting Rights Initiative, which released the documents, said they show that the campaign-finance system gives 'a huge advantage to wealthy individuals who are able to network and effectively aggregate huge amounts.'"
On Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down major provisions of the new campaign finance law Bush signed last year, but left in place the higher ceiling for direct contributions to campaigns. That ceiling is now $2000 per individual, direct contribution - twice what it was before the law was passed. Story. The previous rules allowed so-called "Pioneers" to each raise $100,000-$250,000 for the first Bush II campaign, by soliciting checks from friends and colleagues. Here's another quote from the article:
"Pioneers were given briefings on confidential polling data and were feted at a reception at the Republican National Convention. Since Bush took office, at least 19 have been named ambassadors."
And somehow there's still doubt that the rich rule the country?
ps - Anyone notice how the Bushies tried to dismiss what they repeatedly called the "class warfare" argument against the huge tax cuts they were proposing - in other words, calling detractors of the plan Communists? See this for a direct quote. Also, here's part of an op-ed on the subject, and here's a full article.
:: Deb 11:28 AM :: permalink ::
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