Friday, July 02, 2004

It's our government, and we're taking it back

An interesting item from CNN:

Aides say Bank of America, which processes the Kerry campaign's credit card contributions, was forced to shut down for seven minutes yesterday because it was overloaded by Kerry donations.

That's grassroots money, folks.

Now check out this Washington Post article about the Bush "Pioneers." (It's part of a series called "THE BUSH MONEY MACHINE: Fundraising's Rewards.")

When four longtime supporters of George W. Bush in 1998 developed a name and a structure for the elite cadre that the then-Texas governor would rely on in his campaign for president, the goal was simple. They wanted to escape the restraints of the public financing system that Congress had hoped would mitigate the influence of money in electing a president.

The pharmaceutical industry and the energy companies -- just to name a few -- bought themselves a president (with a little help from the Supreme Court). It's worked out pretty well for them -- while the rest of us have been getting screwed.

But as Big John says to the special interests: "We're coming, you're going, and don't let the door hit you on the way out."


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