High-dollar bankrollers for the GOP include the defense industry (surprisingly exempt from its supposed "hawkish" anti-spending stance), drug companies, and outsourcing corporations.
Then there's the US Chamber of Commerce, which receives preferential (c)(6) tax treatment while boasting that it provides political cover to unpopular corporate causes. The ugly causes it supports include bribery (through its attacks on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), child labor (through its promotion of Uzbek cotton sales and other goods), totalitarian Communist workforces (through its Shanghai and other chapters), and environmental destruction (through its defense against the authority of Ecuadorian courts).
If Evil ever forms its own corporation, it will know where to go for lobbying.
The Chamber overwhelmingly supports Republicans. (It endorsed only one Democrat in 2010, and didn't give him any money.) The New York Times reports that it spent nearly $90 million on lobbying, employing 98 internal lobbyists and 90 others through outside firms. It's also closely allied with the anti-democratic, anti-union organization known as "ALEC." The Chamber gets most of its funding from a few sources, and overwhelmingly from large corporations. Its positions on a variety of issues are routinely described as "extremist" -- and it has enormous influence on the GOP.
This year outside sources have already been responsible for $167.5 million in campaign spending, as of last report, of which $12.7 million was "secret" or "dark" money that can't be traced to its source.
(No wonder Republicans killed a law that would have required more transparency in campaign finance.)
Their Money's Worth: Corporations
The GOP is the ultra-large-business party. It uses rhetoric about "small entrepreneurs" and "individual initiative" to disguise the fact that its policies support the giant corporations which are crushing individual entrepreneurs, Mom and Pop operations, and start-up companies.
In fact, when President Obama offered to cut $28 million from the Small Business Administration (wrongly, in our opinion) that wasn't enough for the GOP. House Speaker John Boehner immediately demanded another $100 billion in cuts.
The big-corporation bias explains language which says that "regulation should be a helpful guide, not a punitive threat." That'll stop the outlaws! There's even stranger language which speaks of "lawmaking agencies," the "overcriminalization of behavior," and the "Federalization of offenses."
Translation: They want the Federal government stripped of its ability to regulate business or punish rogue corporations. They want to roll back the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 which gave modern agencies their powers, leaving the Federal government powerless to protect us from the depredations of the GOP's corporate sponsors.
Romney's proposed oil and gas policies are following the money from that industry, too.
Meanwhile, corporate tax breaks are leaving them paying less of their fair share than at any time in modern memory:
You can call all of this disgusting, or venal, or corrupt. But crazy? Not on your life. Critics should stop describing it that way and start calling it what it really is: the prostitution of democracy to the highest bidder.