Buying the President 2004
Sun Jan 11 18:00:54 2004
Buying the President 2004
The Center for Public Integrity has just published its third large-scale
investigation into the money running the race for the White House. THE BUYING OF
THE PRESIDENT 2004 took more than 50 researchers, writers and editors over a
year, investigating the candidates and the political parties, contacting or
interviewing 600 people and analyzing nearly two million financial records at
over 100 federal agencies.
This edition highlights the financial trends of American politics. The 2000
election was by far the most expensive election in U.S. history, and the 2004
election will easily surpass it. Among the bi-partisan findings of the
investigation: Enron is President Bush's largest lifetime contributor
($602,625); Anheuser-Busch is Dick Gephardt's ($518,750). AFSCME (the American
Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) has contributed the most
money to the Democratic Party since 1978. Philip Morris holds the same spot for
the Republican Party. Find out more on THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT 2004 from the
Center for Public Integrity.
If you'd like to do some campaign finance tracking of your own, you can search
the Federal Election Commission's Web site to discover where the dollars come
from. The site allows you to search by candidate, company or interest group
name. The Campaign Finance Information Center links to state data. To follow the
money and politics trail further, take a look at the Web site of the Federal
Procurement Data Center. It keeps track of federal contracts over $25,000. The
executive departments and agencies award over $200 billion annually for goods
and services. The site has a function which enables visitors to search by
federal agency, product and service, state or contractor.
Use the links below to investigate a wide range of ideas about the campaign
The American Conservative Union on Campaign Finance Reform
The American Conservative Union (ACU) commissioned the report, "Who's Buying
Campaign Finance Reform?" to shed light on where the anti-First Amendment
campaign 'reform' movement gets its money and what its leaders, followers and
funders really want for America.
Campaign Finance Reform
This page on conservative U.S. politics asks if campaign finance reform is
solving a problem or restricting free speech by providing bulleted lists of
reformers' views and opponents' views, and links to resources.
The Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group
based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on
elections and public policy.
Campaign finance oversight group, Common Cause, presented a user's Guide to Soft
Money — a searchable database of special interest soft money contributions to
the Democratic and Republican national party committees.
Public Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping
reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in
America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics.
Public Campaign works with various organizations, particularly citizen groups
around the country that are fighting for change in their states. The site offers
frequent updates and press releases giving you the latest news on campaign
Money and Politics
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to
allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited
government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. In the articles on this
Web site, Cato scholars explain why the various proposals for extensive new
regulations on campaign finance are unconstitutional, based on faulty
assumptions and destined to result in unintended and undesirable consequences.
Who Bankrolls Bush and his Democratic Rivals?
A look at the presidential race
WASHINGTON, January 8, 2004 — Enron Corp., the Houston-based energy firm that
touched off a financial, legal and political scandal when it declared bankruptcy
in December 2001, remains the top career patron of President George W. Bush,
whose prolific fundraising in 2003 shattered all previous records for
candidates. Enron's employees and political action committee have given more
than $600,000 to Bush over the course of his political career, according to a
new Center for Public Integrity book, The Buying of the President 2004
The Buying of the President 2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His
Democratic Challengers – and What They Expect in Return
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