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    Here's Why 97% Of Congress Get Re-Elected Each Year

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/...cted-each-year

    Submitted by Adam Andrzejewski, first published in Forbes

    How is 97 percent of Congress able to get re-elected each year even though only 17 percent of the American people believe our representatives are doing a good job?



    It’s called an incumbent protection system. Taxpayers have a right to know how it works.

    Recently, our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com, mashed up the federal checkbook with the congressional campaign donor database (source: OpenSecrets.org). We found powerful members of Congress soliciting campaign donations from federal contractors based in their districts.

    We followed the money and found a culture of conflict-of-interest. The confluence of federal money, campaign cash, private employment, investments, prestigious committee appointments, political power, nepotism, and other conflicts are a fact pattern.

    Furthermore, members of Congress own investment stock in, are employed by, and receive retirement pensions from federal contractors to whom they direct billions of taxpayer dollars.

    Moreover, members sponsor legislation that affects these contractors. The contractor’s lobbyists then advocate for the legislation that helps the member and the contractor. Oftentimes, the contractor’s lobbyist also donates campaign cash to the member.

    Here are five case examples detailing the conflict-of-interest among five powerful members of Congress:

    Rep. John Larson (D-CT1): United Technologies (UT) executives, employees, political action committee, and affiliated lobbyists are the #1 campaign donor to Larson’s committee ($377,050). UT collected federal grants (subsidies) $83.8 million and federal contracts $16.1 billion (2014-2018). Mr. Larson owns UT stock 2012-2018 (last disclosure). Larsen is a ranking member on House Ways and Means.

    Seven years ago, Larson’s wife got a state job from the wife of a campaign donor, who was also the state insurance commissioner. She beat out 199 other candidates and was the only one to fill out a job application. Since her hiring, she’s earned an estimated $600,000 in cash compensation.

    Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK4): The Chickasaw Nation and affiliates are the #1 campaign donor to Cole’s committee ($258,461). The Nation received $700 million in federal grants and $434,000 in surplus military equipment from the Pentagon, including mine-resistant vehicles, night vision goggles, mine-detecting sets, and rifles that shoot .308 rounds. Cole is a ranking member on House Appropriations.

    Since 2002, Cole’s campaign committee has hired Cole’s private political consulting partnership: Cole, Hargrave, and Snodgrass. Cole’s campaign has paid his firm a total of $224,000.

    Since 2003, Mr. Cole has earned roughly $320,000 in “management fees” from his firm – while also serving in Congress. He’s also disclosed receiving $175,000 – $575,000 in “dividends/capital gains” and his “equity interest” in the firm is listed as between $250,000 – $500,000.



    The Chickasaw Nation responded regarding their donations and any perceived conflict-of-interest issues with Rep. Tom Cole:

    As an active participant in the political process working to enhance the quality of life of our citizens, we support candidates who have similar policy views.

    The Chickasaw Nation spokesperson.

    Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN5): Vanderbilt University’s executives and employees are the #1 all-time campaign donor to Cooper’s committee ($135,261) – including $21,500 from just-retired chancellor Nicholas Zeppos. Vanderbilt has received $2.6 billion in federal payments (2014-2018) including grants ($2.3 billion); direct payments ($31.2 million); and contracts ($187 million). Cooper is a ranking member of the Budget committee.

    Mr. Cooper was employed by Vanderbilt during the period 2005 through 2017 and disclosed earnings of $250,500 in cash compensation. He made between $20,000 and $23,500 a year teaching a graduate level class in Vanderbilt’s HealthCare MBA program at the Owen Graduate School of Management as an adjunct professor.

    Former Rep. – Current Governor Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota): Sanford Health’s executives, employees, and lobbyists are the #1 all-time campaign donor to Noem’s federal committee ($110,462). Top executives provided Noem campaign donations early in her career including $7,500 from CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft.

    In 2019, Noem was sworn in as governor of South Dakota. She’s appointed two Sanford executives to head up state agencies. Noem’s transition chief was a Sanford lobbyist.

    Governor Noem has proposed aiding the state’s nursing home industry by raising the rate of Medicaid payments and providing $5 million in grants to help innovate facilities. Sanford Health owns 32 nursing homes in South Dakota.

    Does Sanford Health really need taxpayer aid? This “nonprofit” organization has annual revenues of $3.7 billion, assets of $2.8 billion, and paid it’s CEO $2.2 million last year.

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    If only there was enough people in the country that believed in freedom to vote out most of these scum.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    If voting worked, it would be outlawed immediately.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Here's Why 97% Of Congress Get Re-Elected Each Year
    Because 97% of the voters are complete ignorant?

    The only time an incumbent gets voted out is when there is a scandal, and the establishment media decides when there will be a scandal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    If only there was enough people in the country that believed in freedom to vote out most of these scum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Because 97% of the voters are complete ignorant?
    People naturally vote for names they recognize. I have learned it's wiser to put my mark next to the name that causes me to say, "Who?"
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    I don't really care if I happen to be wrong about your positions, you are wrong about mine.
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    I didn't vote for Trump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Because 97% of the voters are complete ignorant?

    The only time an incumbent gets voted out is when there is a scandal, and the establishment media decides when there will be a scandal.
    And all of that assumes there's not rigging going on in the background to ensure certain preferred incumbents stay right where they are or groomed "rising stars" (AOC, for example) aren't inserted when politically expedient.

    When I personally witnessed how literally 3 people sitting in a locked room in an office building control the entire election results for the largest county in my state, I knew I could never completely trust any election result. They can literally type in whatever results they want and was told to my face that they will fight tooth and nail to prevent any genuine auditing of election results. I quote the county elections manager: "Over my dead body."
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    Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
    And all of that assumes there's not rigging going on in the background to ensure certain preferred incumbents stay right where they are or groomed "rising stars" (AOC, for example) aren't inserted when politically expedient.

    When I personally witnessed how literally 3 people sitting in a locked room in an office building control the entire election results for the largest county in my state, I knew I could never completely trust any election result. They can literally type in whatever results they want and was told to my face that they will fight tooth and nail to prevent any genuine auditing of election results. I quote the county elections manager: "Over my dead body."
    We have a Left (and Democrat Party) in America right now whose whose essential motto is “By Any Means Necessary”. Cheating is an approved tactic.
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul
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    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    We have a Left (and Democrat Party) in America right now whose whose essential motto is “By Any Means Necessary”. Cheating is an approved tactic.
    I think the driving Ron Paul delegates around on a bus until they were no longer relevant, or all the other GOP tactics were far more devious ways of cheating. If only people could consider more than the 2 sides of the same coin parties or think past a 10 second sound bite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpitcher View Post
    I think the driving Ron Paul delegates around on a bus until they were no longer relevant, or all the other GOP tactics were far more devious ways of cheating. If only people could consider more than the 2 sides of the same coin parties or think past a 10 second sound bite.
    I see you remember the teleprompter which knew Who Must Not Be Named Even When He Gets Delegate Votes.
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    I don't really care if I happen to be wrong about your positions, you are wrong about mine.
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    I didn't vote for Trump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    I see you remember the teleprompter which knew Who Must Not Be Named Even When He Gets Delegate Votes.
    All in favor say aye? aye. All opposed say nay? NAY!!
    In the opinion of the Chair the ayes have it. Next agenda item is....
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    The entire internet is the domain of paid shills and bots. If you don't know this by now....

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    Talk to people about liberty. You won't find it on websites, you won't find it in politicians.

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