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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Imprison All Party Spokesmen

This should give you a chuckle.  In a Roanoke Times piece on Morgan Griffith's effort to raise campaign donations and defeat 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher in November (see "Griffith reaping GOP support"), we learn this:
Griffith took in more than $104,000 in his first two weeks of fundraising last month, including $5,000 in contributions from political action committees controlled by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Henrico County and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Griffith received a total of $25,500 from political action committees controlled by Republican officeholders.

The contributions are detailed in a report Griffith will file with the Federal Election Commission. Candidates have until April 15 to file finance reports for the three-month period ending March 31. Griffith, the majority leader in the House of Delegates, did not begin raising money until after the March 14 conclusion of the General Assembly session.

Griffith said the contributions from GOP leadership committees reflect "a real commitment to defeating Boucher and to my candidacy."

State Democratic Party spokesman Jared Leopold took a different view, saying Griffith has been "propped up by special interests in Washington and not the families of Southwest Virginia."
Take another look at that last sentence.  Morgan Griffith is "propped up by special interests."

And Rick Boucher isn't?

Tell you what, Jared, let's look at Boucher's top twenty campaign contributors in this election cycle and see how many of them are "families in Southwest Virginia."  They are:

If you take out the unions, trial lawyers, Washington PAC's, and corporations wishing to keep in Boucher's good graces and on the receiving end of his government largesse, which, in toto, is every one of the names on the list, you're left with exactly zero "families in Southwest Virginia."

So what's this Jared Leopold - Democratic spokesman - babbling about?

Who knows.  Who cares.  He's a spokesman, which means nothing he says is true.

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You might wonder why a company you've never heard of tops the list of Boucher donors.  Your sense of wonder may be heightened by the fact that Edison International is primarily a southern California utility company.

Say what?

Why would an L.A. power company be donating heavily to Rick Boucher's reelection campaign?

Here's why:

Remember that global warming legislation that our congressman supported (and kinda still supports, depending on who he's talking to) (support despite the fact that the legislation will, by all credible accounts, destroy jobs in the coalfields of his district)?  Guess who else is a big supporter?

Edison International.


Because it serves the company's purpose.

And in order to bring its purpose - "clean coal technology" - to the marketplace, the company is getting - and needs - a whole lot of your tax dollars.

See "SCE [Southern California Edison, the primary subsidiary of Edison International] to Conduct Commercial-Scale Advanced Coal Technology Study."

Who better to see to it that Edison gets more federal grants than Boucher?

Thus the campaign contributions.

Edison International simply wants our congressman to keep the cash flowing.

Seems perfectly understandable, yet someone should ask Jared Leopold how this relationship has anything to do with "families in Southwest Virginia."