**Robison holds down a full time job as a mil-ops research analyst for a major defense contractor, while simultaneously engaged as a part time media consultant, writer, and has his nose down peddling his latest book from his Iraq Survey Group days.
Or, as he succinctly puts it:
While The New York Times invests the efforts of a cadre of writers to investigate the wisp of rumor concerning McCain, Democratic leaders get a free ride with regard to close ties with lobbyists and doners.
Gasp... can it be true? That stellar, "most ethical" Congress we voted it is still up to old tricks, lining it's own pockets? After we, the electorate, put our faith in their promises?? Say it ain't so, Ray....
Robison starts out with connecting the dots - as he does so well - between Pelosi, the bill called the Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA), and the $23K of donations that magically appeared in her coffers from Emogen, the pharmaceutical giant. Rather than repeat what Ray covers very well, I defer to his posts and articles.
And it may be a moment to interject a little ditty here. This is directed to those who are quite sure that evil "big oil" is the largest profit American industry. Would you be surprised to learn that the #1 spot is actually held by the pharmaceutical industry? Oil is down 3rd or 4th, behind tobacco. I must refind that chart with the figures to archive. So many URLs, so little time...
Makes you wonder how the GOP can be the party of evil corporations. If they were so darn good and supportive, as the DNC tells us, the GOP would be the chosen few of the drug people. Gives you pause for cause. Like why would they be supporting anti-big business talking heads in Congress?? Could it be because our elected ones, spouting their "I'm for the little guy" BS actually specialize in forked tongue and itchy fingers hidden behind their backs? But I have sidetracked...
Robison continues, showing that the incoming buck didn't stop with Pelosi. Add to the hefty kitty Hillary's campaign bundler, who has also managed benefit from HRC's like kind vote with a generous stack'o'cash to his lobbying firm from Amgen.
Bloomberg recently reported that President Clinton's former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Steve Ricchetti, now a lobbyist was paid $1.7 million to his firm from Amgen. He serves as a bundler for Senator Clinton's campaign. That means she is now receiving financial contributions from a lobbyist at a firm that profited from her vote.
One of those types of contributions was from Howard Moon, former Pelosi advisor who donated $2,300 to the Clinton campaign a few weeks after Clinton voted to stay the hand of Medicare. In addition, in the days just before and after Pelosi submitted the ETHA bill in the House on Aug. 2nd, 2007, a slew of Amgen executives made almost $30,000 dollars in private donations to the Pelosi campaign.
The Senate version of the ETHA bill was cosponsored by Senator Clinton.
His Messiahship, Obama, has also seen a boom of $12K in contributions from Amgen execs. Bummer for him. He can probably use extra cash since he's outspent Hillary about 3 to 1 with contributions to the "Superdelegates", easily surpassing HRC's meager $205,500.
Obama, who narrowly leads in the count of pledged, "non-super" delegates, has doled out more than $698,200 to superdelegates from his political action committee, Hope Fund, or campaign committee since 2005. Of the 82 elected officials who had announced as of Feb. 12 that their superdelegate votes would go to the Illinois senator, 35, or 43 percent of this group, have received campaign contributions from him in the 2006 or 2008 election cycles, totaling $232,200. In addition, Obama has been endorsed by 52 superdelegates who haven't held elected office recently and, therefore, didn't receive campaign contributions from him.
Maybe that's why Hillary's only getting 12% of her Superdelegates upfront backing... not enuf payola!
And speaking of that Obama "Hope Fund", it was created 1/25/06. Interesting since the Senator was merely elected to serve his first term in the beltway just 2-3 months before. Seems a tad quick to me. How about you? Obama obviously is a political toddler who instead of having the patience to learn to walk, decided to belly crawl right to the coffee table and nab the keys to the Ferrari for a career test drive. Lordy, man... at least take your Congressional oath before setting yourself up for a run at the Oval Office! I guess that what he means by the "fierce urgency of now"... wait! Isn't that a MLK saying??
So what's the point of all this bru ha ha, anyway? Simple, actually... we, the humble and easily duped-by-media-and-pols electorate "been bamboozled" by the bamboozle accuser, his opposition candidate, AND their compadres, the newly elected majority elitists in Congress.
DISCLOSURE OF PLAGUARISM: "Bamboozle" - a phrase used by Obama, no.. that was Denzel Washington... no wait!... That was Denzel playing Malcom X! Right... Uh. Wasn't there an old blues song with that too?)
The only way the public will ever figure out we're being "had" big time by the same guys who are promising us we'll never be "had" again is... wow, where was I?... if some truly ethical journalists with large readership start doing some oversight that isn't based on a partisan agenda.
Uh huh... I'm holding my breath.
Instead, as Robison astutely points out, the powerhouse media like the NYTs is too busy spending it's payroll on jokers, chasing "almost or maybe" not so sexual scandals of the guy they just finished endorsing months before. They can't be bothered with the true research of real issues. Things like financial corruption will have to be left to dedicated patriots like Ray Robison... one of those guys Hillary likes to lament has "too many jobs" to spend enough time with family, or just plain have some fun.