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September 29, 2004 7:07 PM   Subscribe

Who is funding a candidate and for how much. You can search by name or zip code to find out. Here is a link to prominent pittsburgh people that have contributed.
posted by Raichle (15 comments total)

 
From that second link:
Jim Broadhurst, CEO of Eat'n Park restaurants, $2,000 to Kerry and $1,000 to Bush.

Why would anyone give money to both Bush and Kerry's campaign, unless he's afraid a third-party candidate is going to win?
posted by fvw at 7:42 PM on September 29, 2004


It's called insurance.
posted by anathema at 7:43 PM on September 29, 2004


If campaign contributions = influence purchases, as many allege, it shouldn't be that hard to figure out. Maybe you were being sarcastic.
posted by trharlan at 7:44 PM on September 29, 2004


see also.
posted by trharlan at 7:49 PM on September 29, 2004


But if campaign contribution really is public, wouldn't whoever wins be just as grateful to someone who gave no campaign contributions as to someone who gave both parties an equal amount? And anyway, $2000/$1000 seems pretty low for buying influence, I'd imagine you'd have to pay a lot more than that.
posted by fvw at 7:55 PM on September 29, 2004


If you pay $2000 and you get 100 of your 'business associates' to pay $2000 then it adds up.
posted by goneill at 8:50 PM on September 29, 2004


It's funny that there's actually a PAC called, no joke, A LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING TOM DASCHLE INC. I found it while looking up Bill Gates' donations, and you gotta hand it to Bill, he's one even-handed guy.
posted by boaz at 8:57 PM on September 29, 2004


Okay, it's actually a campaign comittee but still.
posted by boaz at 8:57 PM on September 29, 2004


Holy carp! Somebody I know who in the past has referred to himself as a republican operative donated $250 to Kerry, $0 to Bush. This listing is pretty up to date - it shows contributions dated August 2004.
posted by SteveInMaine at 3:22 AM on September 30, 2004


That Pittsburgh list is very incomplete. It doesn't even show Richard Mellon Scaife who contributes millions to right wing causes every year and is the most politically activist person in the city.
posted by nofundy at 5:02 AM on September 30, 2004


nofundy: Type Scaife's name in the lookup from the main link and you'll get different results.
posted by SteveInMaine at 5:45 AM on September 30, 2004


You are correct Steve.
I was attempting a little jab at the second link.
Guess who owns the paper? ;-)
posted by nofundy at 7:02 AM on September 30, 2004


Excellent. Follow da trail. On a similar note, Pfizer wants to own everyone's ass. They take congressmen on luxury junkets continually, especially recently before the drug bill that boosted the industry's profits by literally billions. But that's a post all by itself.
posted by Shane at 8:16 AM on September 30, 2004


It's also instructive to find out about your local candidates' interests. There's a guy in the San Francisco Bay Area that's running for State assembly as a liberal Republican (Steve Poizner). He's contributed to Bush and a pro-life candidate from Kansas, as well as to Kerry (back in 2001) and to a pro-choice PAC.
posted by Daddio at 9:12 AM on September 30, 2004 [1 favorite]


There's a guy in the San Francisco Bay Area that's running for State assembly as a liberal Republican (Steve Poizner). He's contributed to Bush and a pro-life candidate from Kansas, as well as to Kerry (back in 2001) and to a pro-choice PAC.

Have you seen the TV ads for his opponent Ira Ruskin? They explicitly make this point. I actually met Poizner in April when he spoke to a group for which I webmaster and though he comes across as intelligent and personable I was in no way inclined to vote for him; fortunately for Poizner I live just south of his district.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:11 PM on September 30, 2004


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