Hey Big Oil...Wanna Buy a Politician? Tennessee is trying to make it EASIER!

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    In Tennessee, lawmakers are trying to replicate the corporate takeover of the federal government by lifting the state’s own ban on direct corporate contributions and raising the amount of money PACs can contribute. The bill was sponsored by three Republican legislators and was approved by committees in both the House and Senate on party-line votes. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:

    Direct corporate donations to political candidates will be legalized in Tennessee and the amount that can be given by all contributors will be raised by about 40 percent under legislation approved by House and Senate committees Tuesday.

    For political action committees, for example, the maximum donation will increase from $7,500 to $10,700 and adjusted upward for inflation in future years. Corporations will be treated as if they were PACs under the bill, SB1915.

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    “It’s going to be like an arms race with Democrats and Republicans trying to compete for this corporate cash,” [House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike] Turner said.​


    ThinkProgress » Tennessee GOP Votes To Allow Corporations To Contribute Directly To Candidates

    TN bill to allow corporate contributions advances - BusinessWeek
     
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    Why do that they've already got GE...right?
     
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    When are you guys going to wake up?

    Big Oil isn't the problem, Big Green is!

    Need evidence? Why haven't we drilled in ANWR? Why doesn't the United States use its assets the way every other nation does?
    Open your eyes.
     
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    Why the reference to "Big Oil". Tennessee ranks way down there re: oil and even natural gas production.

    In fact- "Big Oil" is practically a non-player when it comes to onshore lower 48 production.

    Oh wait- you're just a stupid Liberal crack head. :thup:

    Nevermind.
     
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    Oh rrreeeeaaaallllyyyy? Care to provide the amount of campaign donations by all this "Big Green" :lol:

    I'll come back later today (gotta work to subsidize big oil ya know) with campaign contributions from BIG OIL and we'll do a little "side by side". What say?
     
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    Does it matter? Do you really support ANY corporations or organizations having MORE influence in politics than they already do? I think most Americans want to LIMIT this kind of thing and yet the amount of money allowed to influence our elected representatives just keeps increasing by leaps and bounds.
     
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    shouldn't you be at the driveup window subsidizing big oil?
     
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    Ok here's my take. Politicians deal with numerous issues that can be quite complex and difficult to summarize and digest. Often times their vote on a particular legislative motion would make no difference in the outcome. Yet it's their duty to be informed and to make decisions that are best for their constituents and the country as a whole.

    Contributions are all about "access". Face time, quality time. I've done my share of lobbying and 90% of the time you have no choice but to meet with a "staffer" who in turn passes along your information (if you're lucky). The heavy hitters with the big bucks are the ones who gain quality access and the privilege of building an argument one-on-one.

    That's it.

    Now- who does it really come down to? It comes down to the politician him/herself who actually votes on the floor of Congress. So if you want to do any fingerpointing then look to the people to whom these contribution funds are directed.

    The issue isn't where this money comes from, or the size of the contributions.
     
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    I note that you have sidestepped the indicia of each, Big Oil and Big Green....

    Or do you claim that the restrictions on the oil companies drilling is mere coincidence...
     
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    "Corporate takeover of the government"? I imagine lefties disapprove of the people taking over the government every election day. Anyone can incorporate. Corporations are not the enemy except in the disturbed minds of neo-socialist Americans.
     

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