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(Talking Points Memo)   Anonymous campaign dollars favor Republicans 4:1 over Democrats   (tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 66
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2012-11-03 07:24:35 PM  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: If I was going to donate to a bunch of racist, sexist, fascists I'd want my donation to be anonymous too.


yeah.... I'm gonna go with this.
 
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2012-11-03 07:29:40 PM  

MyEnamine: With all this anon money available, why aren't Republican's running away with elections? Something must be hampering them from setting or changing a given narrative.


They are running away with elections.
 
2012-11-03 07:41:54 PM  

Silly Jesus: Because Democrats have no shame.


and being a republican is a shameful thing
 
2012-11-03 07:51:15 PM  
So, you're saying Republicans value privacy?
 
2012-11-03 08:03:11 PM  

serial_crusher: So, you're saying Republicans value privacy?


Only their own.
 
2012-11-03 08:20:10 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I wouldn't think Anonymous would be right wing. They don't seem to like government much at all, to be honest


Maybe they're doing it for the lulz?
 
2012-11-03 08:23:05 PM  
I know you like me, shadowy reclusive multibillionaire who considers the rest of humanity as dust beneath your chariot wheels, but do you like like me?
 
2012-11-03 08:23:20 PM  
In the UK -
The House of Lords vs. The House of Commons.

Or in the US...
GOP vs. Dems
 
2012-11-03 09:16:00 PM  

rogue49: In the UK -
The House of Lords vs. The House of Commons.

Or in the US...
GOP vs. Dems


Yes, in exactly the same way that a Granny Smith Apple is like a Valencia Orange.
 
2012-11-03 09:43:31 PM  
See? "Trickle down" economics does work!

Rich people spend tons of money to try and sway elections. This trickles down to politicians, and then to staffers, lobbyists, and ad men.

And we already know that politics, lobbying, and advertising form the bedrock of our economy.
 
2012-11-03 09:59:13 PM  
How do we know if our election is being influenced by foreign powers, if we don't know who funding political speech?

Also, how many times have we heard "if you don't have anything to hide" from The Right?
 
2012-11-03 11:30:07 PM  

serial_crusher: So, you're saying Republicans value privacy?


What the wealthy do should only be discussed behind closed doors. Anything else would be class warfare.
 
2012-11-03 11:48:30 PM  

rogue49: In the UK -
The House of Lords vs. The House of Commons.

Or in the US...
GOP vs. Dems


What are you talking about?
I was under the impression that the House of Lords is a largely vestigial organ of an aristocratic past. While I'd love to say that about the current GOP, it sure wouldn't make it true in any form or fashion.
 
2012-11-04 07:58:19 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: rogue49: In the UK -
The House of Lords vs. The House of Commons.

Or in the US...
GOP vs. Dems

Yes, in exactly the same way that a Granny Smith Apple is like a Valencia Orange.


No, those are at least both fruit. Comparing two houses of parliament in one country to two political parties in a another country is more like comparing a Granny Smith Apple to a Painted Turtle.
 
2012-11-04 08:35:58 AM  
I'm going to invest in Tinfoil because Fark is quickly becoming filled with conspiracy theorists.
 
2012-11-04 12:20:37 PM  

Johnny Swank: I thought republicans were all rugged businessmen with a laser focus on their portfolios? The ROI on this shiatty investment is potato. Idiots.


I was in accounting departments for 40 years. Even as a Staff Accountant, and certainly as a Controller, I saw "the books" and know for a fact that businesses with economic interests that could be easily affected by politicians very often "invest" in BOTH Democrat and Republican candidates - even ones running for the same office.

It's rather like (but far more civilized) paying protection money to both the Perez St. Mad Dog gang and the 43rd St. Bloodletters. Both are claiming your street as territory, and you would rather not have your laundry business firebombed. So you secretly make contributions to both gangs. You keep it secret because if the Mad Dogs found out you were paying off the Bloodletters (or vice versa) you would get firebombed anyway.

Now obviously I am NOT claiming that the exact same thing happens in American politics (at least not YET) but the principle is the same. There's a thread about "buckyballs" being banned by the CPSC. Hmmmm.... maybe the company didn't make a key political contribution to - or contributed to the other party from - some Senator who has friends on the CPSC?

If there is only one thing that Ayn Rand was absolutely dead-ass right about in Atlas Shrugged it is the "Aristocracy of Pull." Anyone who does not know that political back scratching and favor trading defines the essense of politics is a niave fool.

Follow the money, my friends. Always follow the money.
 
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