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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:21 PM
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WP: He Ought To Know
Bush accuses Kerry of being a captive of special interests. Now that's rich, isn't it? RNC head Racicot said the "Democrats are about to run the dirtiest campaign in history", and of course what he meant was "*WE* are about to run the dirtiest campaign in history". This is a pretty disgusting example:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41097-2004Feb13.html

IT'S HARD TO RECALL a more brazen display of political chutzpah than the Bush campaign's assault on Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) as a captive of special interests. A video e-mailed Thursday night to 6 million supporters attacks the Democratic front-runner as an "unprincipled" collector of special-interest cash. The video cites a report in this newspaper that Mr. Kerry led the senatorial pack in collecting money from the very Washington lobbyists that he is busy decrying on the campaign trail. As the dollar amount -- $640,000 -- shows on the screen, a female announcer emits a sound of pained surprise. "Oooh," she says, "For what? Nominations and donations coincided." The video concludes: "Fact. Kerry -- Brought to you by the special interests. Millions from executives at HMOs, telecoms, drug companies. Ka-ching!"

Mr. Kerry's fundraising and his relationships with Washington lobbyists are a legitimate topic, even more so now that he has positioned himself, or tried to, as the scourge of Washington business as usual. But -- how can we say this politely? -- let's consider the source.

Mr. Bush's acceptance of special-interest money and his subsequent rewards to the industries doing the giving dwarf anything in Mr. Kerry's record. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, whose figures are cited in the Bush campaign video, Mr. Bush has raised more than four times as much from lobbyists during the 2004 race as Mr. Kerry has -- $960,000 for Mr. Bush to $235,000 for Mr. Kerry. During the 2000 contest, the Bush campaign assigned an industry code to givers so it would know precisely how much it was beholden and to whom. As electric utility lobbyist Thomas Kuhn explained in a 1999 letter to fundraisers, putting the code on the check "does ensure that our industry is credited, and that your progress is listed among the other business/industry sectors." Mr. Kuhn's progress may well have been noted; he met at least 14 times with Vice President Cheney's energy task force.
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rainy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:33 PM
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1. Kerry is a captive of special interest
Once again the establishment wins, Bush or Kerry, Corporate America doesen't care which one wins. Republicrat, one vote one party.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:49 PM
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2. I hope the Repugs make an issue out of this
When it comes to special interests, conflicts of interest, and corporate cronyism, bu$h is the undisputed chimp (uh, champ)!
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