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There’s something relieving about hearing a candidate speak those words. It’s a super relief if those words are sincere and genuine. When one looks at candidates who have raised money, one expects that candidate to have not raised money that would make it seem he or she has been “bought” or “bossed” already. However, not being “bought” or “bossed” has its consequences. By not agreeing to accept contributions from corporate powers and by trying to shift the way campaigns are run in America, a candidate not only must deal with getting the American people on his or her side during the election but also must deal with trying to keep the corporate powers that be from interfering with his or her desire to get the message of his or her campaign to the American people.

Thankfully, the American people follow the money that comes into candidates’ hands more than ever these days. When Hillary Clinton was found out to have connections with a Mr. Hsu, the leaked story drove her to give money back. As News Corp or Rupert Murdoch has lined up to support Hillary Clinton, many Democratic voters especially those aligned with MoveOn.org have wondered what the reasons may be and what effects this support will have. John Edwards even made headlines when he gave back money to businesses he found out to be allowing predatory lending. It’s reasonable to presume that all Americans will have reactions as more money pours in to the hands of either of the Democrats. However, the American people do not always act on their suspicions in regards to campaign funding and will probably vote for whomever regardless of where the money comes from as long as whomever's message is catching their attention.

Public financing is another area of funding that Democratic candidates wish to explore but just can’t bring themselves to do such a thing and has become something Americans are interested in. Barack Obama would like to know “whether he can take money from donors who want him to be president, then give it back later.” According to his campaign spokesman Bill Burton, “Senator Obama has long been a proponent of public financing of campaigns and we are asking the FEC to take a step that could preserve the public financing option for the party's nominees.” But this is clearly not how public financing aimed at curbing corruption and promoting greater faith in the political process is supposed to work. In effect, Barack Obama is saying if the American people fail me, I want to be able to turn to the corporate powers that support me and use their money instead of the pithy contributions the public has given me.

While I am in no position to judge the what effects campaign contributions will have on progressive reform yet, as I have no information to draw many of the inferences and conclusions I would like to, there is one fact in this race that can be concluded from the numbers. Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are the only “clean” candidates running. And by “clean”, I mean, these candidates could do anything for the American people because they have not been “bought or bossed”. The numbers from OpenSecrets.org are as follows. Read them carefully. And think about what impact these numbers will have when considering the fact that the media has Americans choosing Obama or Hillary right now.

Casinos/Gambling

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$158,600

John McCain (R)

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$95,500

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$49,850

Hillary Clinton (D)

$46,950

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Bill Richardson (D)

$26,550

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$15,800

John Edwards (D)

$13,800

Barack Obama (D)

$10,450

Mitt Romney (R)

$7,700

Ron Paul (R)

$2,808

Duncan Hunter (R)

$250

Tommy Thompson (R)

$250

Commercial Banks

Barack Obama (D)

$614,646

John McCain (R)

$490,650

Hillary Clinton (D)

$474,250

Mitt Romney (R)

$462,091

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$456,101

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$358,550

John Edwards (D)

$127,200

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$96,550

Bill Richardson (D)

$87,550

Mike Huckabee (R)

$23,250

Sam Brownback (R)

$11,262

Ron Paul (R)

$8,251

Tommy Thompson (R)

$7,850

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$6,500

Duncan Hunter (R)

$2,800

Tom Tancredo (R)

$1,325

Computers/Internet

Barack Obama (D)

$554,648

Hillary Clinton (D)

$550,770

Mitt Romney (R)

$434,577

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$214,045

John Edwards (D)

$131,660

John McCain (R)

$128,050

Ron Paul (R)

$54,773

Bill Richardson (D)

$54,400

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$38,475

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$32,450

Tommy Thompson (R)

$21,700

Duncan Hunter (R)

$16,750

Sam Brownback (R)

$12,650

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$6,400

Mike Huckabee (R)

$5,250

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$2,450

Mike Gravel (D)

$1,500

Jim Gilmore (R)

$1,500

Tom Tancredo (R)

$1,050

Education

Barack Obama (D)

graph$1,459,027

Hillary Clinton (D)

$938,700

Mitt Romney (R)

$448,030

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$366,350

John Edwards (D)

$247,411

Bill Richardson (D)

$214,260

John McCain (R)

$158,590

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$127,016

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$75,500

Sam Brownback (R)

$23,097

Ron Paul (R)

$20,755

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$20,350

Mike Huckabee (R)

$16,700

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$13,600

Tom Tancredo (R)

$6,525

Tommy Thompson (R)

$5,300

Duncan Hunter (R)

$4,450

Jim Gilmore (R)

$2,300

Mike Gravel (D)

$400

Health Professionals

Hillary Clinton (D)

$990,611

Mitt Romney (R)

$806,837

Barack Obama (D)

$748,637

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$676,577

John McCain (R)

$411,651

John Edwards (D)

$246,926

Bill Richardson (D)

$149,450

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$70,600

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$67,250

Ron Paul (R)

$63,202

Sam Brownback (R)

$50,125

Mike Huckabee (R)

$33,950

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$16,950

Tom Tancredo (R)

$10,500

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$10,500

Tommy Thompson (R)

$8,600

Jim Gilmore (R)

$7,100

Duncan Hunter (R)

$4,550

Mike Gravel (D)

$1,000

Hedge Funds

Mitt Romney (R)

$811,775

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$800,750

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$749,650

Barack Obama (D)

$706,074

Hillary Clinton (D)

$643,200

John McCain (R)

$270,150

John Edwards (D)

$223,300

Bill Richardson (D)

$91,500

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$37,900

Sam Brownback (R)

$16,600

Ron Paul (R)

$2,800

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$2,300

Insurance

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$605,950

Mitt Romney (R)

$459,625

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$370,100

Hillary Clinton (D)

$352,700

Barack Obama (D)

$269,750

John McCain (R)

$156,200

Bill Richardson (D)

$127,208

John Edwards (D)

$81,750

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$62,825

Mike Huckabee (R)

$16,500

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$9,000

Ron Paul (R)

$6,401

Sam Brownback (R)

$4,650

Duncan Hunter (R)

$3,300

Jim Gilmore (R)

$1,500

Tommy Thompson (R)

$1,220

Tom Tancredo (R)

$750

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$500

Lawyers/Law Firms

John Edwards (D)

$6,545,542

Hillary Clinton (D)

$6,176,295

Barack Obama (D)

$5,581,424

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$2,375,573

Mitt Romney (R)

$1,727,832

John McCain (R)

$1,661,331

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$1,545,680

Bill Richardson (D)

$933,033

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$854,990

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$95,100

Tommy Thompson (R)

$46,404

Mike Huckabee (R)

$43,348

Sam Brownback (R)

$35,369

Jim Gilmore (R)

$31,850

Ron Paul (R)

$31,670

Duncan Hunter (R)

$22,600

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$6,950

Tom Tancredo (R)

$4,250

Mike Gravel (D)

$500


Lobbyists

Hillary Clinton (D)

$406,300

John McCain (R)

$239,250

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$176,650

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$157,900

Mitt Romney (R)

$156,675

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$86,450

Bill Richardson (D)

$71,700

Barack Obama (D)

$55,019

Duncan Hunter (R)

$18,850

John Edwards (D)

$13,500

Tommy Thompson (R)

$11,000

Sam Brownback (R)

$8,100

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$1,000

Jim Gilmore (R)

$950

Mike Huckabee (R)

$750

Tom Tancredo (R)

$250

Oil & Gas

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$477,208

Mitt Romney (R)

$232,300

Hillary Clinton (D)

$147,350

John McCain (R)

$136,310

Bill Richardson (D)

$101,500

Barack Obama (D)

$59,959

Sam Brownback (R)

$35,500

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$30,900

John Edwards (D)

$23,400

Tommy Thompson (R)

$17,100

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$16,400

Ron Paul (R)

$9,700

Mike Huckabee (R)

$8,650

Duncan Hunter (R)

$1,250

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$700

Tom Tancredo (R)

$250

Jim Gilmore (R)

$250

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products

Mitt Romney (R)

$228,260

Barack Obama (D)

$161,124

Hillary Clinton (D)

$146,000

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$95,300

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$65,000

John McCain (R)

$53,950

Tommy Thompson (R)

$15,750

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$10,450

Bill Richardson (D)

$9,750

Sam Brownback (R)

$7,950

John Edwards (D)

$5,650

Jim Gilmore (R)

$4,200

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$1,050

Tom Tancredo (R)

$1,000

Ron Paul (R)

$900

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$750

Real Estate

Hillary Clinton (D)

$2,550,690

Mitt Romney (R)

$2,522,445

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$1,907,238

Barack Obama (D)

$1,362,208

John McCain (R)

$1,200,995

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$593,758

John Edwards (D)

$503,950

Bill Richardson (D)

$451,850

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$340,884

Mike Huckabee (R)

$58,998

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$52,250

Ron Paul (R)

$37,775

Sam Brownback (R)

$30,750

Tommy Thompson (R)

$29,500

Jim Gilmore (R)

$17,400

Duncan Hunter (R)

$16,750

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$9,000

Tom Tancredo (R)

$8,600

Mike Gravel (D)

$300

Retired

Barack Obama (D)

$3,115,038

Mitt Romney (R)

$2,857,362

Hillary Clinton (D)

$2,560,472

John McCain (R)

$2,294,382

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$2,133,900

Bill Richardson (D)

$1,278,501

John Edwards (D)

$846,281

Ron Paul (R)

$277,199

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$256,326

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$255,000

Tom Tancredo (R)

$167,535

Sam Brownback (R)

$141,042

Mike Huckabee (R)

$113,498

Tommy Thompson (R)

$70,950

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$52,486

Duncan Hunter (R)

$52,400

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$38,200

Jim Gilmore (R)

$23,550

Mike Gravel (D)

$7,877

Securities & Investment

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$3,482,101

Barack Obama (D)

$3,352,534

Hillary Clinton (D)

$3,030,400

Mitt Romney (R)

$2,955,962

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$2,243,666

John McCain (R)

$1,392,950

John Edwards (D)

$660,450

Bill Richardson (D)

$428,500

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$258,800

Mike Huckabee (R)

$53,177

Ron Paul (R)

$44,951

Sam Brownback (R)

$44,300

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$37,650

Jim Gilmore (R)

$11,200

Tommy Thompson (R)

$10,199

Duncan Hunter (R)

$6,850

Tom Tancredo (R)

$3,900

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$750

Mike Gravel (D)

$250

Telephone Utilities

John McCain (R)

$147,000

Hillary Clinton (D)

$82,050

Barack Obama (D)

$79,865

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$34,600

John Edwards (D)

$16,500

Mitt Romney (R)

$13,200

Bill Richardson (D)

$11,950

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$10,450

Ron Paul (R)

$4,651

Sam Brownback (R)

$2,800

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$1,000

Jim Gilmore (R)

$1,000

Mike Huckabee (R

$500

 

Tobacco

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$69,500

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$45,400

Hillary Clinton (D)

$32,300

Mitt Romney (R)

$31,400

Barack Obama (D)

$7,885

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$4,000

John McCain (R)

$1,000

Bill Richardson (D)

$1,000

TV/Movies/Music

Hillary Clinton (D)

$1,508,183

Barack Obama (D)

$1,362,610

John Edwards (D)

$358,300

John McCain (R)

$320,350

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

$304,765

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

$191,320

Bill Richardson (D)

$190,750

Mitt Romney (R)

$155,050

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

$66,250

Thomas J. Vilsack (D)

$22,550

Ron Paul (R)

$18,173

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

$10,975

Sam Brownback (R)

$7,450

Mike Huckabee (R)

$4,800

Duncan Hunter (R)

$2,100

Tom Tancredo (R)

$2,000

Mike Gravel (D)

$950

Now, look at the areas where Kucinich or Gravel does not appear. They include Casinos/Gambling, Commercial Banks, Hedge Funds, Lobbyists, Telephone Utilities, and Tobacco. Gravel actually one ups Kucinich here and has no contributions from Insurance, Oil & Gas, or Pharmaceuticals/Health Products.

Also, in my opinion, it takes a special kind of person to take money from the Tobacco Industries these days.

All of these numbers should have you asking, where did this come from? What companies are supporting this candidate? And for what? What will these candidates put in their policies to “give back” or “show their appreciation” for having been given support in the 2008 Election? What issues in America will these contributions affect? What reforms will this money stop?

The “For what?” question was not asked enough when Bush ran. It was not asked really at all except by third, fourth, and fifth parties when Gore or Kerry ran. By 2004, Bush had sharpened the political minds of Americans as a result of his misleading, corruption, and unconstitutional procedures. It took untold damages to wake people up when it should not have. And now, the “For what?” question is even more important as people succumb to that “anybody but a Republican” mentality.

Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel have something that all the other candidates do not have. Either of them will go out and talk about whatever whenever. And they will go on all our favorite talk/news shows and rally Americans to change the system. Kucinich and Gravel will speak the cold, hard truths like no other candidate in this race will. Standing up to a system stacked against them shows just how much courage and heart these individuals have. Each both approach being in a league with the likes of Ralph Nader, the god of all consumer advocates and fighter of rigged electoral systems/processes. And each are serious about winning if and only if the people would stop ignoring the corporate powered candidates who mean more of the same for Americans.

The information is there. Do with it what you will. If you find it in your heart and mind to act on the information showing that Kucinich and Gravel are the only grassroots campaigns in this election, than talk to me. We can discuss how to boost Kucinich’s popularity and get him to pick up on some fantastic policies and ideas Gravel has.

 

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for OpEdNews.com

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