"The shift in political giving, for the first 18 days of October, has not been this pronounced in the final stages of a campaign since 1994, when Republicans swept control of the House for the first time in four decades."
They go on to say that this, which backs up everything we have been saying here at OpEdNews.com and in other places over and over again:
"Spending in the midterm election campaign is forecast to reach $2.6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, including $1 billion from political action committees. While many business groups have been eager to appear as if they have been handily contributing to Democratic efforts, it was not until this month that the trend became apparent enough to quantify beyond party leaders or prospective committee chairmen."
Wow! That's a lot of money for a mid-term election. In retrospect though we should be both glad and sad about this "corporate gift giving". Glad, because the people have made it known that they are rejecting the message of the right, and of the NeoCon Christian Fundamentalists. Sad, because we are again reminded who pulls the strings in Washington, and who dominates policy. Not the people. The corporations.
Still it is a start. Maybe this is a lopsided Pyrrhic victory for the people. At least we have managed to pull the support of the corporacracy from the right. If we can as Rob Kall has said, "Hold the Democrat's feet to the fire" until we get some needed election/campaign reform, then we the people will have made a huge inroad in taking back our government from Corporate America as we now are throwing the Right Wing on their collective asses. Don't just look at this as another example of corporatism in action. The difference here is that we are seeing it for what it is, all at once, together. The most important thing about this is that we made it happen. It shows us that we still have some power. If we hadn't screamed bloody murder, it would be "business as usual" and corporate America would be throwing money willy-nilly, at the Republicans.
I know what writing this article is going to get me. Comments that tell me that the Democrats are no better than the Republicans. Save your keyboarding. I know that you believe that, I don't. I know that they are not the best we could have, they still eat out of the corporate feedbag, but there are more decent Democrats than there are Republicans. At least we will have some check on the administration.
This is just the beginning of a long struggle to change the status Quo. We must change campaign and election laws to reflect the world of today. If the Republicans retain control of both houses, it will make the job that more difficult. The Times article should be used as a giant red flag to show Americans how much these politicians owe to these corporations and PAC's. This article has done some work in that regard. Today is, all in all, a good day.