October 27, 2012
-- by Dave Johnson
Remember how the Bush administration made cronies rich? Here is how Romney will run things. Mitt Romney spends big on firms tied to aides,
Mitt Romney's campaign has directed $134.2 million to political firms with business ties to his senior staff, spotlighting the tightknit nature of his second presidential bid and the staggering sums being spent in this election.
Nine firms that are run by, or recently employed, top Romney aides have received almost a third of the $435.8 million that Romney's campaign and a related fundraising committee have spent on operating expenses through Oct. 17, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of federal election finance reports.
$134.2 million steered to cronies. Contrast this with Obama:
President Obama's reelection campaign and a joint fundraising committee have paid about $5.8 million in consulting fees to companies with business ties to senior strategists, according to the finance reports.
A Romney administration will be entirely a pay-to-play corruption racket run for insider profit. They will start where Bush left off.
Posted by Dave Johnson at October 27, 2012 10:43 AM
Yes, this is par for the course. Still, Dems have an uncanny record of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. Consider that millions of poor Americans came out to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 in hopes that we would finally have a legitimate public discussion about deep American poverty, only to find that they couldn't get a word in edgewise. OWS so clearly portrays this issue: An amazing movement suddenly came to life, so potentially powerful that it actually scared the right wing into (for the most part) shutting up. But almost from the start, OWS was redefined (largely by media, much of it branded "progressive") as a movement only of middle class workers, the better-off. The poor were pushed right out of the discussion, they walked away, and "Occupy" fizzled out.For 4 yrs, the public political discussion has been all about, only about, the middle class.The millions of post-middle class/poor, who don't believe in the trickle-down fairy, have little incentive to vote for the benefit of a middle class that threw them off the cliff.
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