Friday, July 17, 2009
Moderates in Congress Were Paid Off With Campaign Contributions For Cap And Trade Support: Steve Driehaus and Other Democrats Sell America Out for $2,000
The Politico reports liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives bought the votes of moderates the night before the cap and trade vote. Tens of thousands of dollars were obviously used to pay off moderate Democrats who were initially opposed to cap and trade legislation according to the Federal Election Commission.
From the Politico:
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) doled out $28,000 to reps who eventually voted yes on June 24, two days before the big vote -- on a day when House leaders were doing some heavy-duty arm-twisting.
Clyburn recipients who voted for the bill included a who's-who of battleground district Dems: Steve Driehaus, D-OH ($2,000); Martin Heinrich, D-NM ($2,000); Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. ($4,000); Betsy Markey, D-Colo. ($2,000); Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH ($2,000), Baron Hill, D-Ind. ($2,000); Alan Grayson, D-Fla. ($2,000); Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa ($2,000); Jim Himes, D-Conn. ($2,000); Mary Jo Kilroy, D-OH ($2,000); Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. ($2,000); Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. ($2,000) and Tom Perriello, D-Va. ($2,000).
On the other hand, Clyburn also gave at least $14,000 to Democrats who voted no despite his pressure: Mike Arcuri, D-NY ($2,000); Marion Berry, D-Ark. ($2,000); Bobby Bright, D-Ala. ($2,000); Chris Carney, D-Penn. ($2,000); Chet Edwards (D-Tx.), Travis Childers , D-Miss. ($2,000); Parker Griffith, D-Ala. ($2,000) and Harry Mitchell, D-NM ($2,000).
The same pattern held true for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who gave $4,000 to yes-voting Ohio Democrat Zack Space and the same amount to no-voting Chris Carney.
House Energy and Commerce Henry Waxman gave at least $16,000 to yes-voters on June, 25, FEC records show.
A Waxman campaign spokesman said the payouts were part of the usual "end-of-quarter activity."Well, there’s proof moderates stand for absolutely nothing and will sell out their own country for just a few thousand dollars. Remember when more American factories move overseas causing more job losses thanks to cap and trade that people like Mary Jo Kilroy sold these Americans out for $2,000. This is criminal!
Remember all of these names at election time!!!