Who Owns Congress? Find the Truth Here!

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posted on Oct, 10 2010 @ 03:08 PM
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I have just came across this great site, which has compiled a lot of date regarding congress, candidates, campaign cash and demographics. Please see below;


WHAT IF members of Congress were seated not by party but according to their major business sponsors? We gave it a try—and then kept crunching theTop Corporate Sponsors numbers to find the top 75 corporate spenders of all time, this year's most loaded candidates, Capitol Hill's BP caucus, and much more. All charts are based on federal election data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Corporate donations include money given by companies' employees and political action committees, unless noted otherwise. Counting employees as corporate donors isn't perfect: You may not give to a candidate with your employer's interests in mind. Yet excluding individual contributions would overlook "bundled" gifts from a company's employees as well as gifts from executives and their families.


Who Owns Congress?


Want to follow the money? Below, 75 of the heaviest hitters in campaign cash.

1 AT&T
2 National Association of Realtors
3 Goldman Sachs
4 American Association for Justice
5 Citigroup
6 American Medical Association
7 National Automobile Dealers Association
8 United Parcel Service
9 Altria
10 American Bankers Association

11 National Association of Home Builders 12 National Beer Wholesalers Association 13 Microsoft 14 JPMorgan Chase 15 Time Warner 16 Morgan Stanley 17 Verizon 18 Lockheed Martin 19 General Electric 20 Pfizer 21 FedEx 22 Credit Union National Association 23 Bank of America 24 Ernst & Young 25 Blue Cross/Blue Shield 26 American Dental Association 27 American Hospital Association 28 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 29 Pricewaterhouse Coopers 30 UBS 31 Aflac 32 Natl. Assn. of Insurance and Financial Advisors 33 Boeing 34 Union Pacific 35 Merrill Lynch 36 Reynolds American 37 Northrop Grumman 38 American Institute of CPAS 39 BellSouth 40 Credit Suisse 41 Anheuser-Busch 42 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 43 General Dynamics 44 American Financial Group 45 GlaxoSmithKline 46 Chevron 47 Walt Disney 48 DLA Piper 49 ExxonMobil 50 KPMG 51 MBNA 52 UST 53 Southern Company 54 National Restaurant Association 55 Freddie Mac 56 AIG 57 Koch Industries 58 Prudential Financial 59 MetLife 60 Wal-Mart 61 American Academy of Ophthalmology 62 American Health Care Association 63 Securities Industry and Financial Market Association 64 General Motors 65 CSX 66 Eli Lilly 67 Associated General Contractors 68 Amway/Alticor 69 Archer Daniels Midland 70 American Airlines 71 MCI 72 National Federation of Independent Business 73 American Council of Life Insurers 74 Bristol-Myers Squibb

75 Enron


There are a lot of great illustrations here, well worth taking a look at. I was going to try and put it into a comprehensive thread, but didn't have the time and it would be easier for you guys to see it for yourself.

For those interested,Finance was the biggest contributer, but we knew that allready, didn't we!?





posted on Oct, 10 2010 @ 09:00 PM
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Wow what an interesting article to say the least...



posted on Oct, 10 2010 @ 09:07 PM
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Anybody with a checkbook can own congress. It's no secret.

Well, anybody with a checkbook deep enough to afford the going rates that is.

And the sad part? We all know this yet we still buy into the status quo of elections, partisanship, and belief that the Government has our best interests in mind.

Then again, what do we care? As long as we've got Internet, cable, readily available beer, porn, religion, goods at the local Wal Mart, and the latest episode of Survivor... We happily keep our eyes closed to the absurdity that has become America.

~Heff
edit on 10/10/10 by Hefficide because: typo



posted on Oct, 10 2010 @ 09:08 PM
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O.O I wonder what AT&T has to gain to be #1? Verizon must be cutting into there profits



posted on Oct, 11 2010 @ 03:05 AM
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How "OLD" is this data?

Enron (#75) has been gone since 2001!!!

MCI (Worldcom) (#71) has been part of "Verizon" for years (2005 if I am not mistaken).
edit on 11-10-2010 by infolurker because: correction



posted on Oct, 11 2010 @ 01:54 PM
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After rushing to psot this alst night before I had to go offline, I missed an importnat Ebay Auction ant wasn;t happy with the layout anyway. I will continue with some nice graphics that illstrate the point more clearly; Money Rules Politics.

If you go the first link you can see all the contributors in a way that is easier on the eyes. You will also see these diagrams:





Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart



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What if members of Congress were seated not by party but according to the industries which gave them the most money over their entire careers?






The Gentleman From Victoria's Secret Yields to the Lady From Amway



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Lawmakers' most generous donors of all time, from the predictable to the absurd.











posted on Oct, 11 2010 @ 02:04 PM
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Hope and Spare Change: Obama vs. McCain in Campaign Cash



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What do AT&T, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch have in common? The presidential candidate they backed. — By Dave Gilson



Below, the top corporate donors in the '08 presidential race.






The 2010 Election, Brought to You By...



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From real estate barons to recycling magnates, who gave what to whom.




There is a lot more interesting information, sure you guys will love it here



posted on Oct, 13 2010 @ 12:43 PM
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Unfortunatley, the full article has now been moved, but it raises inportant questions about the Tea parties and the senate. We have seen from above the cost to get these people into positions of power... so there IS an agenda out there to push the tea parties. Why?

New Scientist


THE Tea Party isn't nearly as entertaining as it ought to be. It is still unclear whether this particular brand of patriotic extremism is a passing fad or something more. Come the US mid-term elections on 2 November, those of us who care about science and rationality may not be laughing.

On the surface, the movement seems impelled by the economic pain Americans are feeling. But look more closely and it's hard to miss what historian Richard Hofstadter called the "paranoid style" in US politics, marked by "exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy". An essential strand of that is anti-intellectualism and disdain for science.

Nearly every Senate candidate with Tea Party backing rejects the established reality of human-caused global warming, usually with gusto.



posted on Oct, 13 2010 @ 10:22 PM
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Try this link as well. You'd be surprised by how many groups give money to certain candidates, and what they give it to them for. Scary stuff indeed.

TheBorg



posted on Oct, 14 2010 @ 12:33 PM
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Two more very important articles you guys over in the states need to see before the mid-terms (and the rest of the worlds of course):

Campaign finance reform: R.I.P.?



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For four decades, advocates for stricter campaign finance rules have been on a long, slow march to make big money in politics less important and more transparent. Now, in 2010, they are seeing the results: Never in modern political history has there been so much secret money gushing into an American election.



By Election Day, independent groups will have aired more than $200 million worth of campaign ads using cash that can’t be traced back to its original source, predicts Fred Wertheimer, president of the nonprofit group Democracy 21. “And this is just the beginning,” Wertheimer said. “Unless we get some changes here to mitigate this problem, I would expect we will see $500 million or more in 2012."7


Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone



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Last week, ThinkProgress published an exclusive story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s foreign fundraising operation. We noted the Chamber raises money from foreign-owned businesses for its 501(c)(6) entity, the same account that finances its unprecedented $75 million dollar partisan attack ad campaign. While the Chamber is notoriously secretive, the thrust of our story involved the disclosure of fundraising documents U.S. Chamber staffers had been distributing to solicit foreign (even state-owned) companies to donate directly to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6).


In my opinion all of these are related and is a VERY big issue. With the global 'downturn', people are looking for more and more ways to get big returns on their money. My worry is that our Governments will become just another investment (more so than they allready are).

Thanks Borg for psoting that link, again its all related. Hope this is interesting to some people.



posted on Oct, 15 2010 @ 12:59 PM
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Murdoch calls for change in Washington



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Rupert Murdoch has fired a shot across the bows of Barack Obama and the Democratic party, saying that News Corp made two $1m donations ahead of next month’s midterm elections in the hope of encouraging change in Washington.

Pressed by a shareholder advocate about donations to the Republican Governors Association and the US Chamber of Commerce, Mr Murdoch told his annual meeting in New York it was “in the interests of the country and all the shareholders and [...] prosperity that there be a fair amount of change in Washington.”


This article is around an hour old. This was a very transparent donation by one of the most powerful men in the world. This makes me question even more who is donating the big bucks... and staying behind the scenes.



posted on Oct, 15 2010 @ 01:54 PM
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Originally posted by carlitomoore
Unfortunatley, the full article has now been moved, but it raises inportant questions about the Tea parties and the senate. We have seen from above the cost to get these people into positions of power... so there IS an agenda out there to push the tea parties. Why?

New Scientist


THE Tea Party isn't nearly as entertaining as it ought to be. It is still unclear whether this particular brand of patriotic extremism is a passing fad or something more. Come the US mid-term elections on 2 November, those of us who care about science and rationality may not be laughing.

On the surface, the movement seems impelled by the economic pain Americans are feeling. But look more closely and it's hard to miss what historian Richard Hofstadter called the "paranoid style" in US politics, marked by "exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy". An essential strand of that is anti-intellectualism and disdain for science.

Nearly every Senate candidate with Tea Party backing rejects the established reality of human-caused global warming, usually with gusto.



I can tell you why...because the Tea Party is no longer the Tea party. It is the new Republican Party, and if they can get someone from the Establishment (Palin) into the White House under a "Tea Party" banner, they can discredit the entire movement and bury any third party rising up.



posted on Oct, 23 2010 @ 01:45 AM
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There's really nothing to question when you see why they "contributed" said money to the candidate. It's obvious to anyone with a critical eye what's going on here. What I find most illuminating is the apparent lack of interest in this "revelation". Maybe everyone already knew this inherently, and just doesn't care??

I certainly hope I'm wrong in this assessment.

TheBorg



posted on Oct, 23 2010 @ 04:10 AM
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TheBorg,

That is how I am seeing most topics as of late. At a critical time for voting (the mid-terms), people should know who and what they are voting for, but evidently they don't because no one knows where the money is coming froM!

Also with countries such as the UK and US, who are practicing austerity measures, who then both increase foreign aid whilst cutting home spending!?

Why are people not concerned and/or interested where this giant stream of moneys in and out of our establishments are coming from?

Do you honestly just fall for the campaign talk and all the confetti?



posted on Oct, 24 2010 @ 02:54 PM
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United States Senate elections, 2010



INFO

Excelelnt video discussing the lack of transparency in donations. Please watch this if you are at all concerned who will be controlling your Nation in the coming future, start to question their real agenda:



163 Views? But a guy kicking himself in the head gets a million plus? Give credit to the future voters, soon you will only have to apply to a reality TV show and have a piggybank to get into politics. If you don't belive me, see what is happening in Lithuania. It is the scariest thing I have ever seen, watch the below trailer if you don't believe me. Look no further than California to see it starting, and look how that is turning out.

STARSUCKERS: THE BEST DOCUMENTARY YOU HAVE NOT SEEN YET



Transcript For Donations Video

^A Very Good Read^



posted on Nov, 6 2010 @ 06:02 AM
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• It has been documented that the election that got Bush Jr. Into power was a fraud. (no joke! :lol

• Bush is a Skull & Bones Member, which his dubious to say the least.
• His family has some very interesting and REAL associations with big business and very powerful commercial people.


Great post!


Read my location - I've been saying this for the four years I've been on ATS.

All you have to do is the math. Math is all perfect, the numbers never lie. Follow the money, we are all owned, all of us by the large corporations - including our governments. (Yes plural as this is now a global conspiracy and not limited to the United States of America).

The Presidents since Kennedy have been nothing more than puppets. And if they don't dance the corporate dance, they are murdered, just like Kennedy.



Can't wait to dig into the rest of your investigation.

By the way, I have just bought a most interesting book, pricey but the knowledge is worth it and anyone really into conspiracies ought to at least check this book out.

"Family of Secrets" the Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, And the Hidden History Of The Last Fifty Years" by Russ Baker.

I have only skimmed through this book as of today, haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but it appears that the author, Russ Baker has really done his homework and for $15.99 the information in this book appears to be priceless.

Chapter 5 is "Oswald's Friend"
Chapter 6 is "The Hit"
Chapter 7 is "After Camelot"
Chaper 8 is "Wings for W"
Chapter 9 is "The Nixion Bushes"
Chapter 10 is "Downing Nixon" - The Set Up
Chpter 11 is "Downing Nixon" - The Execution

Looking through the Index, The Saudi Royal Family has about 20 pages - interesting. Corporate cronyism is on page 120 and Obama is listed on pages 357,424 & 476. LBJ's connection with the Bushes is on page 131. (Ever see the wink picture, as LBJ was sworn in?)



Congressman Albert Thomas winks back at a quickly-smiling LBJ as he is being sworn in to be the next President of the United States on Air Force One while the grief-stricken Jackie Kennedy stands next to him.

How is all this connected, it would take pages and pages but big corporations, the CIA and our government are all cozy bedfellows and the people that pay their salaries have been excluded from the bedroom.

nstarzone.com...

So why am I hammering on the Bushes, when it's a whole massive group of people? The Bushes, seem to be some of the top central key players.

For me, my awakening was when Bush Jr. "won" / was placed into office. GWB has the IQ of a potato.

I wondered about Reagan but let that slide still believing in "the vote" and "most Americans just vote with their heart and not their head" I still did not wonder about who is counting the votes.

Now, if you go back to UTube and just listen to George Jr.'s interviews, remarks, anything coming out of his mouth - the guy comes off as a self-centered, arrogant, lying, dumb hick.

How he got into and graduated from Harvard is beyond me.

I know a few people that went to Harvard, Yale, Duke, Princeton and Sorbon University and these folks, that I personally know are way above George Jr.'s level of intellegence.........no comparison.

Yet, this guy not once but for two terms held the highest office in our country.

At that time, for me, I knew beyond a doubt, something was drastically wrong with "the system".

Votes could be and were (I believe) tampered with (research the connection between Bushes and Diebolt).

We are currently owned as is our government and it's not by the people and for the people, hasn't been for a at least fifty years.

so we are looking at major conspiracies all interwoven, with the Bushes, both Poppy and Jr. as some of the central characters all interconnected with the major corporations, planet wide.

Many of the companies you listed that "contributed" to Bush's campaign are the very companies that have made out handsomely from the war in Iraq. That alone should tell you why we actually went to war. And confirms your figures, all the companies you listed are deeply connected with and have proffited handsomely from "the war machine".

Our country essentially was bankrupted by GWB who allowed all our monies to be put into defense vs social programs to better our country. That is the conspiracy and most people refuse to still acknowledge they were taken for saps.

The people were manipulated by lies of WMD into a war not for Homeland Security (which sounds like a nazi term to me).

This is what happens folks when you allow corporations to bed down with your government.

While war is devastating to the inhabitants that have the suck luck of being in the wrong location at the wrong time, global corporations (and yes it's now spread like cancer) have made unbelievable profits, all in the name of "Homeland Security".

All people have to do is put down those damn ipods, xboxes, remote controls and romance novels, they are a distraction anyway, the real deal is way more interesting than any screen writer could dream up.

All fits in with what you are saying.

It's nice to know there are a few of us awake and aware.

Again, read my location. I did not chose this lightly three years ago.

Just follow the money, the greed and the thirst for power................figures (the pure perfection of math) never lies.



I suspect also that Barack Obama might be a renagade........he might actually be in part, trying his best to actually do what he feels is best for "the people". Why do I say this. Look at the smear campaign from day one to now, the misinformation.

The ATS headliner that got a hundred stars of "Obama's Trip to India costing us $200 million per day" which is full of poop, because numbers don't lie and there is no way they are spending that much from more credible news sources. But people will remember that first blog, even though it was a false flag operational blog, to purposely discredit Obama. He must be upsetting the corporate apple cart because they are trying to discredit him (which is how they play the game) as much as possible. And most people, even here on ATS are swallowing the bs WITHOUT DOING THEIR RESEARCH.


Who Is Running America?

The Bankruptcy of America, the Corporate United States,
and the New World Order

From Archive Sources
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Who is running America? Have you ever asked that question?
Under the doctrine of Parens Patriae, "Government As Parent", as a result of the manipulated bankruptcy of the United States of America in 1930, ALL the assets of the American people, their person, and of our country itself are held by the Depository Trust Corporation at 55 Water Street, NY, NY, secured by UCC Commercial Liens, which are then monetized as "debt money" by the Federal Reserve. It may interest you to know that under the umbrella of the Depository Trust Corporation lies the CEDE Corporation, the Federal Reserve Corporation, the American Bar Association, the legal arm of the banking interests, and the Internal Revenue Service, the system's collection agency.

Now you know who is running America!
You might want to take exception to the name on the marquee at the entrance to 55 Water Street.

??? . . . "Tower of Power" . . . ???

Source: www.barefootsworld.net...



posted on Nov, 6 2010 @ 06:09 AM
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Nice post but you are just pointing out the "bribes" we are aware of..

What about the free trips, gifts, family members employed to do nothing and the promise of a high paying job when politics are over?

I will not mention the brown paper bags filled with cash or offshore bank accounts...





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