Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Nussle's friendly contributors

Sorry this wasn't posted this morning, like I had expected. I ran into some posting troubles that have now been resolved.

Looking over Jim Nussle's campaign contributors has led me to some very interesting findings.

First of all, Jim's in deep with John Deere and their lobbyists. Now, I know John Deere is a very important company to Iowa, and particularly the Quad Cities region that Jim represents, but having personal donations from their lobbyists--that seems a bit sketchy.

William M. Behan lists himself as "In-House John Deere Lobyist." On September 12, 2002, he gave Nussle $1000. On November 21, 2003, he gave $500. I hope that the second one wasn't a "Christmas Bonus" from John Deere to Behan to Nussle. That would be a bit illegal.

Next up is Taylor S. Davis, Legislative Counsel for John Deere. As another move to get on the Budget Commitee Chairman's good side, he gave $25o three times: April 4, 2004, November 21, 2003, and June, 28, 2003.

I hope that Congressman Nussle was having a fundraiser on the 21st of November 2003 otherwise that is one hell of a coincidence to have two John Deere lobbyists give on the same day.

Finally, there is Charles R. Stamp--John Deere Government Affairs Manager. He gave $500 on August 5, 2004, and gave $1000 on Septeber 12, 2002. Again, another date coincidence--he gave on 9/12 just like Mr. Behan did. Hopefully that was a fundraiser too.

Beyond just John Deere, however, Jim Nussle has got a lot of friends in the banking lobby. That would explain his support for the terrible bankruptcy bill that passed the House earlier this year (and went on to pass the Senate and be signed by President Bush) that made it phenomenally harder for individuals to declare bankruptcy from the shark-like and fiendish credit card companies.

Nussle has also received a lot of contributions from a multitude of Maytag executives. But what have those contributions gotten the company? Nothing but more layoffs and a buyout by a new firm. However, those executives got the benefit of massive tax breaks thanks to the Bush tax cuts that Jim Nussle has so widely supported. While Maytag employees at the lowest level get screwed over, their executives and CEO get huge tax breaks thanks to the work of the Budget Committee Chairman.

And, what is even better, Jim Nussle has the support of his fellow congressmen--or at least one from Iowa. Tom Latham's (R-IA-04) Chief of Staff, Vicky Vermaat, personally gave the Nussle campaign $1000 on September 29, 2002.

There is my look at Nussle's contributions. If you see anything else worth pointing out, leave a comment and let me know.


Blogger Allamakee Democrat said...

I've been digging thru the same lists. He's also received money from quite a few pharmaceutical companies (of course). Big Tobacco too. There is the sugar lobby as well.

This is in addition to the usual rabid-right anti-abortion groups as well as the Nat'l Rife Assn.

I don't know wy Pepsico is there, but yes they are. For shame.

At some point, someone has to put together a 'who owns Jim Nussle' list.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Drew Miller said...

Really good research!

4:08 AM  

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