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Fred Upton, David Koch, Mark Udall, Mary Landrieu
Fred Upton, David Koch, Mark Udall, Mary Landrieu

A political action committee going by the name of Team Republicans for Utilizing Sensible Tactics (TRUST) picked up a $5000 contribution from San Diego chip-making giant Qualcomm’s PAC on August 22. Other major givers to the Washington DC–based group include David and Julia Koch, with $5000 each. The committee belongs to House Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, who chairs the powerful committee on Energy and Commerce, which has a major say in legislation affecting Qualcomm. For Democrats, Qualcomm came up with $1500 for Friends of Mary Landrieu, the senator from Louisiana, and $2000 for Colorado’s Mark Udall.

Rollcall has reported that Upton’s PAC spent over $88,000 on meals and catered fundraising events for potential donors, “including energy and commerce industry executives,” during the first half of last year. Venues included “the Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorado, Fla. ($20,403); Park Hyatt Chicago, Ill. ($11,624); Chicago From the Lake, Chicago, IL. (6,326); La Playa Beach Resort, Naples, Fla. ($4,452); New York Palace Hotel, New York, N.Y. ($3,004); Ritz-Carlton Naples, Fla. ($3,498); and the Westin New York, New York, N.Y. ($533).”

Observes Rollcall, “Upton has perfected a fundraising method that not only brings in contributions from those areas in which his committee considers legislation, but lets him enjoy some of the nicer hotels, resorts, restaurants and sports events around the country.” ...

State senator Ben Hueso, the drunk-driving legislator who has postponed his final court reckoning until after the November election, has been collecting lots of campaign dollars from booze and wine makers. Another source of other recent contributions has been the liquor retail business, with $1000 rolling in on September 22 from Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc. On the softer side, Pepsico, Inc., came up with $1000 the same day, with the Slurpee lobby yet to be heard from. ...

Republic Services, the big San Diego garbage contractor, contributed $4500 to the San Diego Democratic Party on September 19. …

Meanwhile, Irwin Jacobs, the La Jolla billionaire Democrat and big-money Obama backer, came up with $1000 on September 16 for Olga Diaz’s campaign to become mayor of Escondido.

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A political action committee going by the name of Team Republicans for Utilizing Sensible Tactics (TRUST) picked up a $5000 contribution from San Diego chip-making giant Qualcomm’s PAC on August 22. Other major givers to the Washington DC–based group include David and Julia Koch, with $5000 each. The committee belongs to House Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, who chairs the powerful committee on Energy and Commerce, which has a major say in legislation affecting Qualcomm. For Democrats, Qualcomm came up with $1500 for Friends of Mary Landrieu, the senator from Louisiana, and $2000 for Colorado’s Mark Udall.

Rollcall has reported that Upton’s PAC spent over $88,000 on meals and catered fundraising events for potential donors, “including energy and commerce industry executives,” during the first half of last year. Venues included “the Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorado, Fla. ($20,403); Park Hyatt Chicago, Ill. ($11,624); Chicago From the Lake, Chicago, IL. (6,326); La Playa Beach Resort, Naples, Fla. ($4,452); New York Palace Hotel, New York, N.Y. ($3,004); Ritz-Carlton Naples, Fla. ($3,498); and the Westin New York, New York, N.Y. ($533).”

Observes Rollcall, “Upton has perfected a fundraising method that not only brings in contributions from those areas in which his committee considers legislation, but lets him enjoy some of the nicer hotels, resorts, restaurants and sports events around the country.” ...

State senator Ben Hueso, the drunk-driving legislator who has postponed his final court reckoning until after the November election, has been collecting lots of campaign dollars from booze and wine makers. Another source of other recent contributions has been the liquor retail business, with $1000 rolling in on September 22 from Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc. On the softer side, Pepsico, Inc., came up with $1000 the same day, with the Slurpee lobby yet to be heard from. ...

Republic Services, the big San Diego garbage contractor, contributed $4500 to the San Diego Democratic Party on September 19. …

Meanwhile, Irwin Jacobs, the La Jolla billionaire Democrat and big-money Obama backer, came up with $1000 on September 16 for Olga Diaz’s campaign to become mayor of Escondido.

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Billionaires playing with what is pocket change for them, distorting democracy and rigging the game in their favor. No wonder economic disparity keeps widening.

Oct. 1, 2014

I'd rather have the market "distorted" by money from those who have succeeded in life than by those looking for more free handouts.

If you want to say that "billionaires" cannot spend their money as they see fit, why should anyone else be able to make any political contributions? Would you support cutting off enormous labor unions, George Soros, various liberal PACs, etc? Or is it only Republican / conservative money that's the problem to you?

Oct. 2, 2014

So another Republican who thinks money is speech and rich means right. Sociopath.

Oct. 6, 2014

You got that right, Michael. This isn't a political system anymore-- it's prostitution. Pay for play...and then some. With the help of our "Supreme" court, our political system has been stolen from the common citizens and is now nothing but a necessary expense for big business. The price is one they are happy to pay to make it all theirs. Our pseudo-representatives (whores that they are) fall in line and give those big donors what they want, and the shift goes further and further in their favor. The people? They get their football and baseball and great big stadiums (bread & circuses anyone?) and wonder why they are running as fast as they can and not getting out from under. And the youth, in whom our hope used to reside, now bounce and dance around like a bunch of tatted up fools asking, "Whose Got Talent" when they should be asking "who's got the rent?"

It was a good country once.

Oct. 2, 2014

All politicians are puppets. All you have to do to find out who the puppeteers are is follow the money. Regular working class and small business owners have no voice and no ability to give the kind of money that a handful of wealthy people can raise. We now have the United States of Corporate and Big Money America. Nothing is done, except by accident, for the average work-a-day world citizen.

Oct. 3, 2014

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