Top corporate political contributors

Here are the 10 publicly traded companies that have spent the most to influence the U.S. political process this year.

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this sort of thing should be illegal . only legal registered citizens should be all owed to donate and a limit 0f $500 put on them ..  all this money could be used to pay down the debt , take care of the needy , and lower prices being charged for everything we buy . time for the many to take back our country from the rich greedy ones and all foreign countries . we can do it and to start we must vote out ALL those who will not go along with us . let us stand up to all this nonsense in washington and in all elected offices .

 

Sep 1, 2012 1:11PM
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Citizens United must be repealed!
Lobbyists either need to be removed or their process must be reformed.

We the PEOPLE (you know, real, living, breathing human beings) are the ones who should have the greater voice in government - Not multinational corporations who may not have America's best interests in mind.

If large corporations' number one priority is to make profits (globally), they should not be able to overpower the voice of individuals who live HERE in AMERICA. Capitalists claim to be patriots? Our globalist laissez-faire capitalism has been ANYTHING BUT PATRIOTIC to the USA.





Aug 30, 2012 6:18AM
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No wonder we can't shake corruption in the markets.

 

Close the banks. End the Federal Reserve. Get rid of Wall Street. If these shysters can donate to the bureaucracy that ails us, they can fund job recovery, restore our home values and for once- bail US!!

Sep 1, 2012 5:16AM
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As I look across the tarmac at a dozen jets owned by Sheldon Adelson I notice that they are each worth more than an above average citizen makes in a lifetime of hard work. included in this fleet are multiple 747s and 767s. Mrs Adelson can fly one home whenever she wants. This is when thousands in Las Vegas are making minimum wage or are out of work. With over ten thousand homeless in Clark County, Nevada, (Las Vegas) alone, I will never trust the political parties that revel in oppulance at the peoples expense.
Sep 1, 2012 10:01AM
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Corporate owned Gov., now perhaps people understand why jobs went overseas.
Aug 29, 2012 7:53PM
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The Koch brothers weren't in this list, but we know those billionaires spent approximately $60 MILLION dollars to help the Romney campaign.... he owes them big time. Now what happens if Mitt loses?
Sep 1, 2012 9:55AM
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just imagine what education our kids could recieve if those donations went to education.
Sep 1, 2012 12:34PM
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i think by now its clear that voting isnt ever going to get us a government that represents the people.both parties are owned by the rich.i had a slim hope that the supreme court wasnt corrupt.their decision to make corporations the same as people dashed that.now we have unbridled wealth running all 3 branches of our government.the only thing missing for a revolution in this country is a currency collapse.crushing poverty is the catalist.prepare yourselves as best you can.its going to be the rich and the government of the united states verses the people of the united states just like syria
Sep 1, 2012 12:14PM
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 "The staggering figures have prompted some to ask whether money can buy a seat in the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate -- even the presidency."

Of course it can.  There is only one single way to fix that.  Go back to restricting donations to any and all political parties.  The rich are in fact getting FAR more richer and that shows in polictics.  Will that ever happen now?  NEVER!  They all make way to much money from 'donations' to ever go back.

While were at it, and an issue that is just as important, we need to cut ALL advertising funds for all news tv news cast.  For 30 minutes a day it could give a single news cast no political/corporate agenda (through adds) to care to and just report facts and real issues.

Sep 1, 2012 4:55AM
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Our Country will be in danger as long as this contiues.  Bying enfluence and votes is wrong. 
Aug 29, 2012 7:55PM
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I see Gold-in-Sacs gave a big chunk to Mittens.
Wall Street wants Mitt to be POTUS.



Sep 1, 2012 12:23PM
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American people are so foolish that they think the county is ruled by the democracy. It's controled by money. Big corporations and riches are fooling you by giving you little democracy, but keeping power and control of the nation under their hands. And you don't even know.
Sep 1, 2012 7:22AM
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How can a fiction, a corporation, have the power to effect elections? It is not a person. Corporations were never intended to have a say in election. The U.S. Supreme Court is not very supreme. A constitutional amendment removing the word "supreme" from its name is entirely appropriate, justified and fair.
Sep 1, 2012 9:20AM
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Damn, don't know what to say about all this, totally messed up my brain, well here goes my comment, Hope and Change, yes we did go for that, I think that's in everybody's thoughts. However that disappeared, anyone wants to say how bad the Republicans are, are right, anyone wants to say the   Democrats are bad, are right. Our problem is, (I'm not dealing with Obama yet OK) we are in a world of s--t. Let's see for the first two years of Obama's admin, he had control of the senate and congress, OK that's cool Now I know he got dealt a bad hand but, don't you think he would be assertive and try to change more stuff in his first two years, when he had a blank check? Now after the Democrats lost the house(wonder why?), all of a sudden it's all the Republicans fault. OK I can deal with that, but everybody has to remember that their legalized thieves and promise everything you want.  I just hope, regardless of who, my kid won't pay for all this BS, like I always say"You F--k with my kid, it's time to party, only one will leave the party. Sorry ain't no threat, just fact. 
Sep 1, 2012 9:59AM
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Now the Big Corporations are useing money made in China to Fund the campaigns for your representitives and Senators. That a nice deal to keep United States tax payers buying junk from wal mart and all other outlets. we buy the junkie stuff from the chinese and the chinese/american joint venture owners put a little dab of the profit being made from the american citizens back into the buying of the congress and so YOU Citizen have no VOTE at all. wake up
Sep 1, 2012 7:18AM
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There numbers are in the noise level compared to contibutions by the unions. Would be interesting to see the split of union contibutions between the political parties. 
Sep 2, 2012 6:12AM
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it should be made illegal for buisnesses and corparations to pay for events, give gifts of any kind or incentives, or make donations larger then $5k (only one donation allowed) to any politician, state or federal.

that would really change things in our government.

Sep 1, 2012 7:30AM
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AT&T is not your father's MaBell. It is SBC, a horribly cheap group of Texass businessmen that would over bill their own mothers. Don't patronize this company--ever.
Sep 2, 2012 2:06PM
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OWNERS of companies as individuals would STILL have the SAME right to VOTE and free speech as every other American if CitizensUnited was overturned, and if SuperPACs and unlimited donations were outlawed.

Corporations should NOT be able to buy the government and buy politicians and policy ANYMORE by using unlimited contributions for elections and lobbying. They should not have a greater voice than any other individual in this country.... Constitutionalists Note: It's "We the PEOPLE"... not "we the corporations".
Aug 31, 2012 11:00PM
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Remo Williams wrote,

<<<You can see here who is interested in Romney for Prez. and why.

Romney's top 5 contributors are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Credit Suisse.

Obama's top 5 contributors are the University of California, Microsoft, Google, DLA Piper and Harvard University

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/

5 million given to Obama by Health Professionals? How can that be? I was told by fox that health professionals hated Obama because of Obama care.>>>

 

And to think the bankers would bite the hand that feeds them. You don't think his campaign would have refused to accept contributions from the big banks this election because it would seem unethical, do you?

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