When I saw this article on Crooks and Liars, I thought, well here we go again, but this time the Corporate Greed Machine and the GOP has SCOTUS to thank for the endless flow of money being thrown around to reassure that the “R’s” will regain power over all of our lives. Even though The American People have rejected this US Supreme Court ruling on Corporate Personhood, they/we, for the most part, are helpless.
But this is not the time to give-up. Sure we can’t match the flow of money and sure the “R’s” will be able to use the dirtiest, meanest and limitless intolerable slander attacks against their “D” opponents but We The People have our tools, they can’t shut us up completely! We can speak out, write letters to our congress, go on-line and add our names to petitions, write blogs, tweet, and facebook our objections. We can also turn off the TV when one of their attack ads makes its way into our homes, and throw the propagandized fliers in the trash also hang-up on robo-calls. Then when it’s time to VOTE, we can vote against all those who use negative campaigning and mendacity to cloud our minds.
It’s not going to be easy but we the American people have the power to fight CORPORATE PERSONHOOD and not allow them an easy win! YES WE DO! thinkingblue aka thethinkingblue
PS: Please read the article below and GET MAD!
Posted: 17 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT
It isn’t like this is a complete surprise, but still, there is something incestuous about News Corp. donating $1 million to the Republican Governors’ Association in order for the Republican Governors’ Association to mount high-profile attack campaigns on Democratic candidates. I think it’s safe for everyone to eliminate the terms “fair” and “balanced” from any discussion of Fox News.
More disturbing to me than even the editorial compromise that comes from such a contribution is the fact that the largest shareholder (besides Murdoch) in News Corp is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is launching an Arabic News Network in partnership with News Corp. That raises all sorts of ethical and political issues for me. Does the corporate veil shield News Corp from the ban on contributions from foreign countries? It likely does, but it certainly should disqualify Fox News from being considered a “news outlet.”
News Corp. isn’t the only member of the RGA Million Dollar Roundtable, either, though they hold the record for the most compromised by it. David Koch has also donated $1 million to the cause, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has given $2,547,500 in 2010.
There are many other corporate members of the Six-Figure club. Keep in mind these are cumulative totals through June 30, 2010. Expect them to at least double by November:
- AT&T: $280,000
- Chevron: $150,000
- Coca-Cola Bottling Company: $100,000
- Coca-Cola Company: $135,000
- Consolidated Energy: $100,000
- Contran Corp: $100,000 (also $25,000 from Harold Simmons, CEO Total: $125,000)
- Devon Energy: $250,000
- Eli Lilly: $210,000
- Emerson: $100,000
- FirstEnergy Corp: $250,000
- Philip Geier: $100,000
- General Electric Co: $105,000
- Hewlett-Packard: $100,900
- Hunt Consolidated: $100,000
- IQ Innovations: $200,000
- Jacobs Entertainment: $125,000
- Liberty Mutual Group: $100,000
- Metropolitan Milwaukee Assoc. of Commerce: $115,000
- Larry Mizel/MDC Holdings: $100,000
- MTR Gaming: $125,000
- Mugar Enterprises/David Mugar: $100,000
- Murray Energy Corporation: $100,000
- Natixis Global Asset Management, LP: $100,000
- New Balance: $100,000
- Nextera Energy Resources, Inc.: $100,000
- Oracle: $100,000
- Peabody Investments Corp: $120,000
- Bruce Rauner/GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC: $100,000
- Ryan Innovative Solutions: $100,000
- SAS Institute: $130,000
- SEIU: $100,000
- Paul Singer/Elliott Management: $500,000
- Jack Taylor/Enterprise Holdings: $190,000 (Also $50,000 from Andrew Taylor, CEO and Phyllis Taylor $25,000 Total $265,000)
- Travelers Indemnity Company: $200,000
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc: $140,000
- Richard DeVos/Alticor: $150,000
Keep in mind, this is only the list from the June, 2010 quarterly report. I’m certain there are many more on the March 2010 report who poured their money in at the first of the year.
For the publicly held corporations like News Corp, those donations come right off the bottom line. Funny how employees are overhead to cut, lay off, underpay and overwork in order to boost that bottom line, but million-dollar contributions to Haley Barbour’s attack machine are just part of the cost of doing business.
Not funny. But true. FROM CROOKS AND LIARS
UPDATE: FROM HUFFINGTON POST
Democratic operatives have hit back with statements calling Fox News’s RGA donation a final indication that their “Fair and Balanced” brand is less accurate than ever.
From Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association:
“By contributing $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, Fox has crossed a bright line. Fox can no longer pretend that it is a ‘fair and balanced’ news organization when Rupert Murdoch greenlights a million dollar contribution to defeat Democratic governors.
“Time and time again, Fox News has defended itself against accusations that it is nothing more than a tool of the Republican Party. We know now that the reality is so much worse: they’re bankrolling the GOP. FOX’s news division is ignoring the fact that its own parent company made a direct and unprecedented partisan contribution to defeat Democrats. This is hypocrisy at its worst, and is a sad day for all of us who believe that an independent and impartial media is vital to our democracy.
“Not only does this contribution severely compromise Fox’s news reporting, but it even breaks Fox’s own promise to its shareholders that it won’t give money to benefit officeholders.
“While it might be naive to think this will ever happen, we can only hope that Fox will own up to the activities and that its stable of opinion hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly will do the right thing and call on their company to return the contribution.”
From Hari Sevugan, national press secretary of the DNC:
“‘Fair and balanced’ has been rendered utterly meaningless. Any pretense that may have existed about the ties between Fox News and the Republican Party has been ripped violently away.
“No Republican who appears on Fox can be seen as answering to an independent press and all should appear with a disclaimer for who they truly are — the favored candidate of the corporate-friendly network. No Fox News’s political coverage can be seen as impartial and all of it should have a disclaimer for what it truly is — partisan propaganda.”
Fox News and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in June, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported. The media conglomerate, controlled by Ch… Fox News and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in June, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported. The media conglomerate, controlled by Ch…
Read more from Huffington Post bloggers:
Ari Rabin-Havt: Rupert Murdoch Lied to Me (Personally)
Back in April, when I confronted Murdoch about Fox News’ support of the Tea Parties, he told me, “I don’t think we should be supporting the tea party or any other party.” Now it is clear Rupert Murdoch lied to me.
Please sign this very important petition “demand question time” (of our political leaders) HERE.. We really need more dialog from those at the top… The Republicans have got to be made to realize they can’t hide behind “NO” any longer! thinkingblue
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