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The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the house voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.
Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.
Originally posted by marg6043
We don't have politicians anymore in the Washington, what we have are political whores selling the nation and the population to the highest bidder, that in my books is considered treason and the punishment should be accordingly.
The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it.
“How can we trust legislators to vote in the public interest when they are dependent on industry campaign funding to get elected? Our broken money and politics system forces lawmakers into a conflict of interest between lawmakers’ voters and their donors,” said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight’s president and co-founder.
Originally posted by supremecommander
Anyone who remotely believes in this political system is a fool. Your ballot vote is worthless unless you couple that with cold hard cash to bribe house reps and senators.
Wake me when all of you are hungry, and are prepared for the inevitable.