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September 5, 2006

Republicans Gave Lieberman Millions

-- by Dave Johnson

This story comes from the Moonies, who would know a little something about secretly funneling millions of dollars into campaigns. GOP secretly channeled millions to Lieberman,

The White House funneled millions of dollars through major Republican Party contributors to Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s primary campaign in a failed effort to ensure the support of the former Democrat for the Bush administration.

A senior GOP source said the money was part of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove's strategy to maintain a Republican majority in the Senate in November. The source said Mr. Rove, together with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, directed leading pro-Bush contributors to donate millions of dollars to Mr. Lieberman's campaign for re-election in Connecticut in an attempt that he would be a "Republican-leaning" senator.

... The source said that under Mr. Rove's plan, Mr. Lieberman would vote with the GOP on national security issues and help provide the party with a 50-50 split on major legislation. The deciding vote would then be cast by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Posted by Dave Johnson at September 5, 2006 4:00 PM

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I suspected this was going on -- good to have it confirmed!

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 4:41 PM

And what about when the same corporate interests that give millions to repugs also give to the "good" (ha!) dems? Any outrage there?

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 5:39 PM

I don't think "corporate interests" have been giving money to Democrats for some time now. Are you talking about George Soros?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 6:03 PM

Dave, go read Sirota's piece at HuffPo. To pretend that the dems are not in the pockets of corporations is not believable to anyone. If you insist on claiming it, you lose ALL credibility.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 6:11 PM

First of all, there has been plenty of outrage. Liberals have long recognized the inherent problems of massive corporations. Everyone from scientists concerned about patenting the genome to environmental interests have made it more than abundantly clear that corporate interests, while they have their place, should not dominate over all others. Unlike Republicans, liberals see corporations and business interests as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.

Perhaps the outrage on the left has been so consistent and so widespread that people have somehow lost sight of it. But it is outrage. And the left has been fighting these corporate interests for decades.

Dems may owe corporations favors, but they can't go as far as Republicans do because liberal voters just won't let them. To argue that Dems are somehow equivalent to the Republicans in terms of how craven they are to corporate interests is to lose ALL credibility. Just talk to Ralph Nader. Five years of Bush and over 10 years of Republican rule should've taught that easily enough.

Posted by: Bribes [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 9:00 PM

If the donors and dollars can be confirmed from campaign finance filings (I have no idea what the reporting dates are), then this should be turned into a campaign ad. TV, radio and print.

Voters, even voters who are not locked into political coverage, understand the money. If it can be shown that Lieberman lived and is probably still living off of George W. Bush's money, he will be done that day.

Side question: Any recent polls?

Posted by: James E. Powell [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2006 10:59 PM

Dear Mr Bribes (or is that Mr Democrat?):

First of all, there has been plenty of outrage. Liberals have long recognized the inherent problems of massive corporations. Everyone from scientists concerned about patenting the genome to environmental interests have made it more than abundantly clear that corporate interests, while they have their place, should not dominate over all others.

Liberals, eh? But I'm talking about DEMOCRATS. They take money from corporate interests in return for their support in advancing those interests in legislation. And the dems deliver! Every day and in every way.

Perhaps the outrage on the left has been so consistent and so widespread that people have somehow lost sight of it. But it is outrage. And the left has been fighting these corporate interests for decades.

Again, I'm talking about DEMOCRATS, not "the left". (The two have almost nothing in common.)

Dems may owe corporations favors, but they can't go as far as Republicans do because liberal voters just won't let them. To argue that Dems are somehow equivalent to the Republicans in terms of how craven they are to corporate interests is to lose ALL credibility.

"Liberal voters"? Those are the ones who vote for dems and are betrayed EVERY TIME? Those voters? Yeah, dems quake in their Italian boots in fear of the "liberal voters"! LOL.

Dems are not "somehow equivalent" to repugs. In the most important respect -- who bribes them -- they are IDENTICAL to repugs.

Just talk to Ralph Nader. Five years of Bush and over 10 years of Republican rule should've taught that easily enough.

That's getting so old, it just makes me laugh. "YOU NADERITES MADE US LOSE! YOU MADE US LOSE! YOU AWFUL PEOPLE!" No, dems lose because they are incapable of making a BELIEVABLE economic populist argument to the voters. The only real difference between the parties is that the repugs make an explicit class warfare argument (on the side of the rich) and the dems make no class warfare at all. The American people have the choice between those who fuck them in the ass and those who watch while the others fuck them in the ass. No wonder nobody votes.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2006 10:45 AM

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