Friday, October 29, 2010

More Incentive to Vote...

In the final stretch to the election, politicians from all parties have been slinging mud. Recently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other democratic leaders hinted that the GOP has been accepting illegal donations. Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told Pelosi he wanted proof, saying “put up or shut up.” I’m not going to make any claims about legal matters, but I’m still disturbed about who is funding Republican candidates. BP and other European companies such as Bayer are pouring money into Tea Party candidates that deny global warming. In fact, nearly 80% of campaign donations from major European businesses went to Tea Party candidates who blocked or opposed legislation on climate change.


But of course, Tea Partiers are ‘taking back America,’ representing the interests of the heartland. That’s a little hard to do when you owe BP for your election.


Additionally, the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is running a $75 million dollar campaign to unseat congressional progressives and push a big-oil agenda, has accepted donations from oil companies owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain and others.


I’m not saying it’s wrong to accept foreign donations, but I don’t want my senators funded by foreign oil companies. I know politicians will always be swayed by one ideology or another, but donations such as this make unbiased representation seem like a laughable myth. That’s why it is SO IMPORTANT to get out and vote on November 2. Vote in Indiana or fill out your absentee ballot, but make your voice heard so democracy isn’t a farce.


For more information of campaign finance, check out these sites:

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://thinkprogress.org/

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