From the EIC:
Many Democrats stood together, a rare picture, and voted against TPA from even being debated. However, 48 hours later, and the TPA bill came back and passed cloture. What happened in those 48 hours that changed the minds of those opponents so easily?
Corporate members of the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP rushed to the Senate side and started handing out money left and right for “yea” votes. A total of $1,148,971 dollars were given to Senators for “yea” votes.
Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.
A problem with capitalism is it pushes to expand and centralises wealth. We see here how easily votes are purchased by that wealth, under the current US system.
EIC writes, “This is a democracy, not a plutocracy!” Is there a difference though? Money is needed for campaigns, and upon retirement many politicians profit as lobbyists. Only Bo and Luke could stand up to Boss Hogg, and that was a TV show.