I feel a little bad picking on Bernie so much lately, but it’s really convenient that there’s one blog reliably churning out perfect examples of all the horrible intellectual habits we aim to correct here.
Here’s the Money In Politics edition:
When the politician in question is beloved Golden Boy Charlie Dent, Bernie says money just bounces off the dude. He can’t be bought!
I’m having a tough time figuring out all the special interests who have LV Congressman Charlie Dent in their pocket. Whomever the latest public bogeyman, whether it’s “Big Pharma” or “Wall Street” or “Big Insurance,” Dent is their boy.
We’re back to “Big Oil,” one of my favorites, again
According to Open Secrets, in the 2010 cycle Charlie Dent accepted $48,950 in campaign contributions from the Oil and Gas industries. He accepted $162,000 from Health Professionals and $48,250 from the Insurance industry, and $63,100 from the Pharmaceutical industry.
Now, maybe you think that money didn’t buy any influence with Dent and he just happened to vote the industry line on every single issue in the 2009-2010 legislative session.
But if $273,350 can’t influence Dent, why should we believe that a $2000 contribution from Abe Atiyeh is all it takes to buy off John Callahan? Bernie again:
Abe Atiyeh, who’d really, really, really, really like to build an apartment building instead of an assisted living facility at Dewberry Center in Bethlehem, has just give Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan $2,000, according to a 24-hour report filed in the elections office on Monday. I’m sure Abe is just giving to Callahan because he likes city governments that finish in the red.
Dude isn’t even running for Mayor again, and $2000 would be tiddlywinks for a Congressional campaign. It’s hard to see how this buys Atiyeh any favors from Callahan, especially if exponentially larger donations don’t buy the health care industry any favors from Dent.
Either money buys votes or it doesn’t.