Originally posted by HauntWok
If you all want to see the REAL Ron Paul, might I suggest looking at his donations near votes...
That will give you a real sense as to who Ron Paul really works for, and I'll give you a hint, it's not you.
Special interest groups pay Paul per vote and they usually get what they want and that is the REAL Ron Paul and that's why he shouldn't be elected.
I'll take the challenge and based on your source information, this is what I've come up with:
To be clear, the information I'm referencing is from 04 May 2006 - 18 October 2010 from the website link that HauntWok provided.
Ron Paul received a total of $1,820,850 in contributions whose timing was within 30 days of a supported piece of legislation.
The top four "interests" that appeared to have benefited from their timely contributions are:
#1 "Other single issue or ideological group" contributed $266,981
#2 "Military" contributed $237,648
#3 "Employer listed but category unknown" contributed $186,219
#4 "Attorneys & law firms" contributed $150,008
The top four interests that did not appear to have benefited from their timely contributions are:
#1 "Real estate agents" contributed $175,362
#2 "Securities brokers & investment companies" contributed $69,601
#3 "General commerce" contributed $66,537
#4 "Schools and colleges" contributed $45,463
I used the word "appear" because even though Ron Paul voted one way or another, it does not mean that the legislation became law (when he voted for
it) or failed (when he didn't vote for it). A specific example is H.R. 2630, Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act which coincided with the largest
amount of contributions within 30 days of voting, Congressman Paul voted in favor of it, as those interests would have him yet, the legislation did
not become law. Also he did not vote on H.R. 3996, Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007, which became law even thought 159 separate contributions
totaling $69,601 from his contributors (mostly security brokers & investment companies) did not wish it.
A total of 226 pieces of legislation were up for Congressman Paul to vote upon. Of that number, 116 received 3,163 timely contributions in the amount
of $1,022,031 for which he voted in support of his contributors stance. 110 pieces of legislation received 2,779 individual timely contributions
totaling $798,819, for which he either did not vote or voted against the contributors stance.
So what does this all tell me? It tells me that timing of a contribution doesn't really mean anything when it comes to Ron Paul's vote on a piece
of legislation. 51.3% were voted on as the contributor expected, where 48.6% were not so fortunate. That is less than 3% difference between them!
An interesting observation...It seems that nearly every resolution that the "real estate" interests supported, Ron Paul voted contrary to their
stance on it. On the flip side, nearly every one the "military" interests supported, he voted in support of them.
In the end, thanks for the source, but you'll have to do better than simply pointing to a website and saying it is the proof that Ron Paul does not
serve the interests of the people.