Monday, March 23, 2009

sauce for the goose = sauce for the gander

Amid the populist outrage against AIG, which used 1/100,000th of its bailout money to pay contractually obligated bonuses to its employees, an increasing number of voters are realizing that some of the same congressfolk voting for the claw-back tax have accepted campaign contributions from that same AIG. Should they return the money, if the AIG employees must? Yes, says a thumping majority of those polled by Rasmussen Reports:

Two-out-of-three Americans (67%) believe that politicians who received campaign contributions from American International Group (AIG) should return the money. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 21% disagree and 13% are not sure.
Here are some of the politicians who happily took money from AIG, when the cash was flowing in the other direction, from Wall Street to Capitol Hill:
Some of the donations to lawmakers include Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), $103,100; then-Senator, now President Barack Obama(D-Ill.), $101,332; then-Senator, now Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.), $19,975; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), $59,499; former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), $35,965; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), $11,000; and Sen. Max Baucus, (D-MT), $24,750.
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


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