(You may wish to review Part 1 prior to reading this.)
Let's see... who in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Bush-Obama Bank Bailout Scheme?
The Honorable Robert E. Andrews, Democrat from New Jersey's First Congressional District, voted in favor of it.
You don't suppose this Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Political Action Committee that we talked about in Part 1 has any connection to him do you?
Wow! $15,000 over the course of a few years.
(You can see check this out at the FEC's website: Andrews 2003-06-25, Andrews 2004-02-13, Andrews 2004-05-18, Andrews 2004-10-13, Andrews 2006-09-14, and Andrews 2007-06-19.)
And you know, when these guys decide to steer money to a candidate, donations via an obvious PAC are just one way. People give directly to the candidate; then, people give to a PAC, which gives to a candidate; people give to other PACs, which give to a candidate; people give to other people, who give to a candidate.
To be honest, I'm not really sure how it all works, but I'll bet Barack Obama's people could do a much better job explaining this end of it.
Let's look around some more.
Aha! The Honorable Spencer Bachus, Republican from Alabama's Sixth District, voted in favor of this, too.
Let's see what connection there is between him and the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Political Action Committee.
Wow! $27,500 over a few years. And, again, that is likely only the tip of the iceberg...
(And, once again, you can see check this out at the FEC's website: Bachus 2003-03-03, Bachus 2003-05-20, Bachus 2005-04-19, Bachus 2006-06-06, Bachus 2006-09-12, Bachus 2007-06-05, Bachus 2008-06-27, and Bachus 2009-06-29.)
Let's see if I'm understanding this correctly. Goldman Sachs gives these Congresscritters money, then these Congresscritters vote to give the Treasury Department authority to give money to Goldman Sachs... does that look like a conflict of interest to you? Money kind of flowing in a circle... OUR money, borrowed on the good faith and credit of the United States of America, with the US Taxpayer's name on the IOU...
In Part 1 we were talking about smelling rats, and I think I just spotted two running around in the House of Representatives - one on each side of the aisle!
Now, I admit I am no ratologist, but I'm figuring where there are two rats....