Wow. To paraphrase the quote often attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, “A million here, a million there, pretty soon, youre talking real money.”Sure, the nation’s economy is ailing. But in corporate America today, you can be sure of this: There may not be money for new workers, there may not even be money to keep workers, but there is always money for two things: bonuses for executives and funding for political candidates and causes. And why is there plenty of political money? What, you think its a coincidence youre eating poison cantaloupe? Or that Wall Street got bailed out but your line of credit got canceled? Or that a company wants to build a pipeline through a precious aquifer? Paul put a positive spin on his fundraising:”If you get $8 million … and you get it from small individual donors who are fervently engaged in campaigning for you, that’s a lot different than getting money that more than likely might have come, for the other candidates, from special interests,” Paul said at a luncheon at the National Press Club. “All donors are not equal. I will take my small donations, with the enthusiasm of the people who send me the money.”Sure, thats one way to look at it. You could argue that Paul got about $80 each from 100,000 people. And that Perry got about $775 each from 22,000 people.And the Tooth Fairy brings me $1 every time I lose a molar.Look, Im not trying to pick a fight with Pauls supporters. They are fervent; they believe hes leading a revolution. Its very American. But in American politics today, money talks. And big money talks the loudest.Pauls supporters may be digging into their pockets for loose change to fund someone they believe in.But I dont think those pockets will be nearly deep enough to offset the ones in those nicely tailored suits in the corporate suites.
October 7, 2011