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    Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    I guess this explains why they voted yea.

    Senators for Syria strike rolling in defense industry dough | The Daily Caller
    The ten Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted to attack Syria received 83 percent more campaign contributions from defense contractors than the seven senators who voted against it, according to analysis from Maplight.org.
    Examining data from 2007 to 2012, the analysts found that the average senator who voted “yes” on the authorization of the use of military force took $72,850 from defense contractors and other defense industry interests. Senators who voted “no” received just $39,770 on average.
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain led the pack among those in favor, raking in about $176,000 from defense interests over five years. Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin garnered $127,000 from the defense industry, followed by Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who picked up a cool $101,000.
    The defense industry’s favorite among the “nays,” Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, received just $86,000, about half of the money provided to McCain. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took in $63,000 and voted “no,” as did Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, despite receiving $59,000.
    None of the other four senators who voted “no” received over $20,000 in defense donations.
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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    It was the same with the mass wiretapping deal.
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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Kind of ironic hearing conservative complain about corporate influence in politics. Almost disingenuous.

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Quote Originally Posted by head of joaquin View Post
    Kind of ironic hearing conservative complain about corporate influence in politics. Almost disingenuous.
    Is that all you have to say about that?

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    You know, the op is exposing something very sick, but the left partisans are going to defend their party and the MIC is going to get its fix because we have idiots, morons, knuckle dragging mouth breathers, and dumb asses. That's all that's left in America.

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Is that all you have to say about that?
    I have determined that his purpose here has nothing to do with debate, and all to do with flaming and trolling Republicans and conservatives... period.

    Never seen him add anything to a conversation at all. Maybe I'm wrong.

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I guess this explains why they voted yea.

    Senators for Syria strike rolling in defense industry dough | The Daily Caller
    The ten Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted to attack Syria received 83 percent more campaign contributions from defense contractors than the seven senators who voted against it, according to analysis from Maplight.org.
    Examining data from 2007 to 2012, the analysts found that the average senator who voted “yes” on the authorization of the use of military force took $72,850 from defense contractors and other defense industry interests. Senators who voted “no” received just $39,770 on average.
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain led the pack among those in favor, raking in about $176,000 from defense interests over five years. Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin garnered $127,000 from the defense industry, followed by Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who picked up a cool $101,000.
    The defense industry’s favorite among the “nays,” Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, received just $86,000, about half of the money provided to McCain. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took in $63,000 and voted “no,” as did Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, despite receiving $59,000.
    None of the other four senators who voted “no” received over $20,000 in defense donations.
    What's that old adage about following the money? Although when running for the senate, 100,000, 200,000 is trump change when the average cost for running for the U.S. Senate is 20 million. Much more in bigger states like California, 40 million which is tops.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    So, what freedom are we protecting by allowing any corporation to effectively purchase influence? Shouldn't this be illegal?

    If this is what's on the table, it makes me wonder what else comes with the deal? Can you buy a war for just a million or two?

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I have determined that his purpose here has nothing to do with debate, and all to do with flaming and trolling Republicans and conservatives... period.

    Never seen him add anything to a conversation at all. Maybe I'm wrong.
    Yeah. I just wonder, is that all we need anymore to start a war is bribes from defence contractors? I'm so pissed about all this.

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    re: Senators who voted for Syria strike got more defense contractor dough [W:14]

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Yeah. I just wonder, is that all we need anymore to start a war is bribes from defence contractors? I'm so pissed about all this.
    The money isn't the prime factor here, IMHO. To me, it's two primary factors in that particular committee's vote: 1) loyalty to the President, or 2) NeoCon Hawks being NoeCon Hawks. Beyond that, nothing like reason, justification, humanitarian concern, morals or ethics had anything to do with it.

    They either wanted to blindly support their guy, or just blow something up. One of the two.

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