Friday, June 15, 2012

Politics- How it Works Today

And you know that this accidental revelation represents the very small tip of a very large iceberg:

"Insurance giant Aetna inadvertently disclosed more than $7 million in donations to conservative political groups in a regulatory filing made earlier this year, according to a Washington-based advocacy group...

Documents obtained and distributed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show that Aetna made a $3 million donation to the American Action Network and a $4.05 million donation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

Advocates of campaign finance reform say the disclosures, first reported by trade publication SNL Financial, are extremely unusual, and represent the first known major donations from a publicly traded company to political organizations that are not required to reveal the source of their funding.

"No funds were provided to these organizations for lobbying purposes; however, we have provided funds to these organizations for educational activities," (Aetna CEO) Bertolini said."

Educational purposes.  Because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation's most malicious tamperers with elections, has such a record of promoting "education."

Aetna removed this revelation in later filings, since under current law it is not required to report it.  Any one care to guess how many hundreds of millions of dollars of money have gone to similar right wing propaganda factories from other corporations?  I guess we'll just never know, but you know this $7 million from one company is a very small part of the total.

Once again, we have the Republican party, and its manipulating onto the Supreme Court of five corrupt criminals to thank for this situation, which very well may destroy democracy as we know it in this country, and leave us living in a third world dictatorship.


Jerry Critter said...

The donation may be earmarked for "educational purposes" only, but it frees up other funds for "other" purposes.

Magpie said...

I've got a very cold weight starting to press on my stomach, GE...
I felt this way once in 2001 when the soundless TV in the kitchen showed people running from a cloud of dust and my wife said "where's that?" and I said "judging from the cop uniforms I'd say NYC... 'cept I can't see the World Trade Centre"
Sleepless November coming up.

Green Eagle said...

Magpie, I'm with you. I think most liberals still don't understand the financial tsunami that is going to be dumped on us between now and November, and after Wisconsin I'm not sure that the most obvious truths can penetrate the barrier erected by a ten or twenty to one campaign spending gap. I'm so afraid that Americans are going to do what Germans are falsely accused of doing in 1933- voluntarily electing their destroyer.