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Who Do Politicians Work For?


They are supposed to work for you, but invariably they tend to work for their donors. Bush's donors know that and give till it hurts. They know that they will average 80k in tax cuts (or more with the dividend tax cut) for just 2k in hard money and rounding up some corporate donations for the RNC.

Howard Dean is raising money a different way -- small amounts from me and you -- and we don't have to compete against corporates -- It is clear that he will have the lowest per person average contribution among the top fund raisers. But this only works if everyone actually gives something. If you support Dean or his strategy of raising money in small amounts from ordinary Americans, then please contribute today.

Update: Need more convincing? (from the NYTimes)
"There's nothing like having a few friends over for a cocktail or two," President Bush told more than 1,200 Republicans who paid $2,000 apiece last week to begin what will be a record-breaking binge of Republican money-raising. The president's gratitude went over well with the Washington crowd, who ponied up $3.5 million. Even more, it underlined the extraordinary gilded age of fat-cat politicking that has befallen the nation with the intersection of Bush tax cuts favoring the affluent — $1.7 trillion worth and counting — and the start of the president's phantom primary campaign season.
Also contains this quote
"The best way to `lobby' to be in next year's tax cut is to cheerfully support the president's tax cut this year," advised Grover Norquist, the candid genius of tax-cuts-forever, in The Washington Post.
In case you don't remember (or didn't hear) Super Grover was the one who called bipartisanship "Date Rape".