The Daily Sandwich

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Saturday, June 25, 2005

Republicanism is a dead herring in the moonlight... shines, but it stinks. The latest move is not for getting corporate money out of politics, but introducing more of it. Guess which party benefits more from big business donations? Aren't conservatives supposed to favor a smaller connection between business and government?

From The Hill:

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is scheduled to vote today on a controversial new rule that would allow trade associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to deduct political contributions automatically from the executives and employees of member corporations.

A draft of the final rule issued this week by the FEC’s office of general counsel is opposed by organized labor and Democratic-appointed commissioners in the agency.

The draft allows trade associations to collect money from corporate members through automatic payroll deductions, a power that one trade-association head estimated would enable associations to boost fundraising by as much as 30 percent. The executives of corporate members of trade associations would have to give permission to deduct from employees’ paychecks automatically, and employees would have to sign up for the programs for money to be withheld from their paychecks.

But it would nevertheless greatly facilitate fundraising for trade associations by requiring them to make their fundraising pitch only once. Under current rules, trade associations must solicit member companies’ employees every time they attempt to collect funds.

Thanks to our man in Ohio, OhioDem1, for pointing this out. The guy (if it is a guy) is practically a co-author, and I'm grateful.