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By the Numbers: Who Did Wall Street Buy in 2008?
| October 12, 2011
| Kate Hicks
Posted on 10/12/2011 2:33:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
Amid the jumble of contradictory, foolish, and entirely nonsensical sentiments bubbling up at Occupy Wall Street, one clearly rises above the rest: Wall Street is evil. Corporations suck. They need to keep their money out of politics and stop corrupting our elected officials.
And while some of these protesters understand that Obama, the man they elected to the highest office in the land in 2008, is the real puppet of Wall Street, some of them still need a lesson in that math subject Obama claims to love so much.
Take, for example, the gentleman I spoke to at Occupy DC last Thursday. While waving his anti-Goldman Sachs sign and proclaiming himself, "anti-Big Bank USA," yet pro-Obama, he couldn't tell me who donated the most money to Obama's presidential campaign.
Happy to oblige, I produced a list of the top donors to Obama and McCain's campaigns--and if you're an "anti-Big Bank USA" Obama supporter, you sure as heck won't like his numbers. Below, you will see a comparison between Obama and McCain's top twenty campaign contributors:
- In blue, at the top, you see Obama's top contribution, $1,648,685 from the University of California. McCain's top contribution, in red, was $375,895 from Merrill Lynch. The sum of McCain's top five donations ($1,569,799) does not even add up to Obama's single highest contribution.
- McCain's top donation was $375,895. Of Obama's entire top twenty contributions, not a single one is under half a million dollars.
- Lehman Brothers and Bank of America, in green, are on McCain's top twenty list. They did not make Obama's. However, Obama received more money from both banks. Neither of those contributions were used in the total sum at the bottom.
- The contributions in orange, green, and red are all from Wall Street. Five of Obama's top twenty contributors were from Wall Street, while McCain had eleven. However, those five banks alone contributed $3,603,495, while McCain's eleven banks contributed $2,604,890. And keep in mind that more than just those five banks donated to Obama; they were just the only ones who donated over half a million dollars to him.
- In total, Obama's top twenty contributors gave him $13,382,825, while McCain's gave him $4,034,622--meaning Obama had a $9,348,203 advantage.
Some review questions for you: Who did Wall Street buy in 2008? Who would have been more hurt by restrictions on corporate donors? Which party has corporate interests at heart?
The numbers say it all. Class dismissed.
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
posted on 10/12/2011 2:33:48 PM PDT
SO, did Soros funnel the money thru Liberal Professors at the University?
posted on 10/12/2011 2:41:00 PM PDT
("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
Well, well, but I wonder if the demonstraters are smart enough to feel silly if they ever learn of this.
posted on 10/12/2011 2:43:57 PM PDT
(Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
And I don’t want to hear any whining from Univ. of CA students over tuitions. Pay up to support the Dems, suckers.
Be a great thing to fly across NYC and other Occupy the Streets protest.
Would love to see the looks on their faces as that banner flies by.
posted on 10/12/2011 3:13:37 PM PDT
(I am a Cainiac)
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