Here in Connecticut, the “bluest of blue” states, Democrat buffoons are running amok with their idiotic populist message in an attempt to deflect their true nature. For example, Dick Blumenthal Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, has repeated over and again that he will fight the “special interests.” He blathers constantly that his opponent Republican Linda McMahon is spending millions of dollars (of her own money incidentally) to finance her campaign and is beholden to special interest groups. So what is the truth?
What evil is associated with ‘Special Interest Groups?” The fear is that an elected official will compromise his/her fiduciary responsibilities to their constituents in favor of a particular group with a goal that may be different or against the interests of the constituency or the nation as a whole in exchange for a benefit. In most cases this benefit takes the form of money as a “campaign contribution” to that representative’s election committee. Unfortunately, Congress has made legal and ethical most forms of “contributions” to an elected official by a special interest group. The danger of powerful special interest groups tearing at the Nation goes back literally to the founding of this country. President James Madison wrote in Federalist #10 of the dangers of “political factions” and how their self interest and focus on singular issues over the interests of the country could serve to destroy democracy and the nation.
Today, politicians regularly take money from special interest groups or Political Action Committees (PAC). The claim by politicians is elections are expensive. But the deeper question is whether or not an elected official taking money from groups supporting a particular issue and then voting in accordance with that PAC’s wishes is faithfully representing “The People.” Certainly from an outside perspective, it appears to be at the very least, influence peddling.
Rosa DeLauro, the Democrat Representative for the 3rdCongressional District has regularly accepted money from special interest groups and then voted in favor of their position, within thirty days of accepting a “ campaign donation.” In addition, Rosa has accepted scores of donations from almost every kind of special interest group. Her opponent this year, Republican Jerry Labriola has received just two donations; from the Republican National Committee and former Republican Congressman Rob Simmons’ committee. The bulk of his campaign donations are from individuals alone.
Democrat Dan Malloy, candidate for Governor, took another route. Malloy received $6 million Taxpayer dollars from the State in “public campaign finance funds”, courtesy of the Democrat super-majority in the State Legislature. The original amount had been $3 million, but Democrats successfully overrode Governor Rell’s veto, according to WTNH-TV, to give Danny more of the Public’s money to win the Governor’s mansion. That money is being used to flood the airwaves with ads designed to convince the Public that yet another entrenched Democrat really has the interests of the People at heart and that Malloy’s opponent, Republican independent businessman Tom Foley, is the epitome of evil.
Dick Blumenthal has accepted money from “special interest” groups…over $1.2 million dollars, despite running ads whining how he “will fight against the special interest groups” on behalf of Connecticut citizens. His campaign and supporters have saturated the Public with claims his opponent, Linda McMahon, a wealthy self-made business person, somehow favors “special interest groups,” over Connecticut’s citizens. The truth according to the Federal Elections Commission: Linda McMahon’s campaign has accepted just one donation from one special interest group totaling $5,000. So who is really bought and paid for by “special interests?” The answer would seem obvious.