Posted by: vernacularsnoop | August 18, 2008

Corporate lobbyists dodge ethics rules to lavish Democratic and Republican conventions with treats

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

– Thomas Jefferson, 1812

It seems that the more noise Democrats and Republicans make about ethics reform, the better they get at the game of legalized bribery that they’ve both been playing with big-money interests since the Reagan years. For example, after the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was passed in 2002 to limit the influence of soft money on Washington, 2004 saw the most expensive presidential campaign yet, and 2008 looks certain to blow it out of the water. For more evidence that corporate control of the two establishment parties is growing, see this Wall Street Journal article featured at greenchange.org, which details how corporate lobbyists have skirted new ethics rules to throw “about 400 of the biggest parties — both at the Democratic gathering in Colorado and when Republicans convene the following week in St. Paul — that conventioneers have ever seen.”

Parties skirt rules on gifts, plan lavish conventions

If that’s not enough for you, here’s a piece of quality investigative journalism from the Rocky Mountain News about corporate sponsorship of the Democratic National Convention. If anyone is puzzled by Senator Obama’s backflip vote in favor of granting immunity to telecom companies for spying on American citizens in blatant violation of the bill of rights, consider the fact that telecom giants Qwest and AT&T are generous sponsors of the Denver DNC.

DNC sponsorships raise questions on motivations

“Everything is for sale, and this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Denver is no exception.

More than four dozen national corporations have signed up as sponsors of the convention – everyone from Allstate to Xerox. And almost all of them have the same thing in common: They either have business with the federal government or they lobby on pending issues.”

Check out this link for the Jefferson quote and other great quotes about the link between corporatism and fascism, including this blunt statement from Mussolini: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.”

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