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“You’ve Got to Cozy Up”: More Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics – The Intercept

Three weeks ago we posted a collection of quotes from politicians acknowledging a apparent existence that income has a outrageous impact on what they do, and asked anyone with some-more examples to send them to me.

You unequivocally came through. Here are 15 some-more good examples, with credit to a people who suggested them.

Please keep them coming; I’m looking privately for operative politicians who report a parsimonious linkage between income and domestic outcomes. And I’d still love to speak directly to stream or former politicians who have an opinion about this.

I’ll continue to add all of them to the original post, so we can bookmark that for a finish collection.

• “I gave to many people, before this, before dual months ago, we was a businessman. we give to everybody. When they call, we give. And do we know what? When we need something from them dual years later, 3 years later, we call them, they are there for me. And that’s a damaged system.” — Donald Trump in 2015.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

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• “This is what’s wrong. [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. … He’s used to shopping politicians.” — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in 2015.

• “The millionaire category and a billionaire category increasingly possess a domestic process, and they possess a politicians that go to them for money. … We are relocating very, really fast from a approved society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be last who a inaugurated officials of this nation are.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2015. (Thanks to Robert Wilson in comments.)

Sanders has also pronounced many similar things, including: “I consider many people have a mistaken sense that Congress regulates Wall Street. … The genuine law is that Wall Street regulates a Congress.” (Thanks to ND, around email.)

• “Today’s whole domestic game, run by an absurdist’s calamity of wealthy elites, is absurd — a diversion in that companies are people and income is magically empowered to speak; possibilities trek to a corporate suites and tip retreats of a rich, shamelessly offered their domestic souls.” — Jim Hightower, former Democratic rural commissioner of Texas, 2015. (Thanks to CS, around email.)

• “People tell me all a time that a politics in Washington are damaged and that multimillionaires, billionaires and vast companies are job all a shots. … It’s tough not to agree.” — Russ Feingold, three-term Democratic senator from Wisconsin, in 2015 announcing he’s using for a Senate again. (Thanks to CS, around email.)

• “I can legally accept gifts from lobbyists total in series and in value … As we competence guess, what formula is a crime of a establishment of Missouri government, a crime driven by vast income in politics.” — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, 2015. (Thanks to DK, around email.)

• “When some consider tank comes adult with a legislation and tells we not to dope with it, because are we even a authority anymore? You usually lay there and take votes and you’re kind of a feudal flunky for folks with a lot of money.” — Dale Schultz, 32-year Republican state authority in Wisconsin and former state Senate Majority Leader, in 2013 before timid rather than face a primary challenger corroborated by Americans for Prosperity.

Several months later Schultz said: “I resolutely trust that we are commencement in this nation to demeanour like a Russian-style gentlefolk where a integrate of dozen billionaires have fundamentally bought a government.”

• “I was directly told, ‘You wish to be authority of House Administration, we wish to continue to be chairman.’ They would indeed put in essay that we have to lift $150,000. They still do that — Democrats and Republicans. If we wish to be on this committee, it can cost we $50,000 or $100,000 — we have to lift that income in many cases.” — Bob Ney, five-term Republican congressman from Ohio who pleaded guilty to crime charges connected to a Jack Abramoff scandal, in 2013. (Thanks to ratpatrol in comments.)

• “American democracy has been hacked. … The United States Congress … is now unqualified of flitting laws but accede from a corporate lobbies and other special interests that control their debate finances.” — Al Gore, former clamp president, in his 2013 book The Future. (Thanks to anon in comments.)

• “I will start by saying a sadly obvious: Our electoral complement is a mess. Powerful financial interests, giveaway to chuck income about with small transparency, have depraved a simple beliefs underlying a deputy democracy.” — Chris Dodd, five-term Democratic senator from Connecticut, in 2010 farewell speech. (Thanks to RO, around email.)

• “Across a spectrum, income altered votes. Money certainly gathering process during a White House during a Clinton administration, and I’m certain it has in each other administration too.” — Joe Scarborough, four-term Republican congressman from Florida and now co-host of “Morning Joe,” in a 1990s. (Thanks to rrheard in comments.)

• “We are a usually people in a universe compulsory by law to take vast amounts of income from strangers and afterwards act as if it has no outcome on a behavior.” — Barney Frank, 16-term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, in a 1990s. (Thanks to RO, around email.)

• “Money plays a most some-more critical purpose in what is finished in Washington than we believe. … You’ve got to friendly up, as an incumbent, to all a special seductiveness groups who can go out and lift income for we from their members, and that kind of a attribute has an change on a approach you’re gonna vote. … we consider we have to turn most some-more observant on saying a impact of money. … I consider it’s wrong and we’ve got to change it.” — Mitt Romney, afterwards a Republican claimant using against Ted Kennedy for Senate, in 1994. (Thanks to LA, around email.)


President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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• “I had a good speak with Jack Morgan [i.e., landowner J.P. Morgan, Jr.] a other day and he seemed some-more disturbed about [Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford] Tugwell’s debate than about anything else, generally when Tugwell said, ‘From now on skill rights and financial rights will be subordinated to tellurian rights.’ … The genuine law of a matter is, as we and we know, that a financial component in a incomparable centers has owned a Government ever given a days of Andrew Jackson. … The nation is going by a exercise of Jackson’s quarrel with a Bank of a United States — usually on a distant bigger and broader basis.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt in a 1933 minute to Edward M. House. (Thanks to LH, around email.)

• “Behind a pretended supervision sits enthroned an invisible government, overdue no devotion and acknowledging no shortcoming to a people. To destroy this invisible government, to disintegrate a unholy fondness between hurtful business and hurtful politics is a initial charge of a statesmanship of a day.” — 1912 platform of a Progressive Party, founded by former boss Theodore Roosevelt. (Thanks to LH, around email.)

Article source: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/08/18/yes-absolutely-definitely-corrupt-another-list-politicians-admitting-money-controls-politics/