Lieberman's Last Minute Donations
by Matt Stoller, Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:14:10 AM EDT
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Via the Sunlight Foundation, I see there's a nice set of documents that Lieberman has filed with the FEC disclosing last minute massive donors. I've started going through them to see what's there. I'm struck every time I go through the FEC records how much obvious and legal corruption there is in our system; there it is in the FEC database, laid out, the legal financial connections used to pay for the subversion of democracy.
Help me go through these documents. There's not really one set way to do this. I would go through the names and companies, and google them. Find out who they are.
For instance, aside from the standard business PAC money, It seems that there's a lot of New York City billionaire money flowing in last minute to Joe. I think, though I'm not sure, that these are the 'Bloomberg Democrats' who keep floating the idea of Bloomberg as an appealing third party candidate in 2008.
There's billionaire Ronald Perelman, for instance.
Here are a whole lot of Ratner's. This is, by the way, a common trick, to get your kids and cousins to max out. It's a subtle and legal way around campaign contribution limits. Bruce Ratner owns the NJ Nets and is building the new Nets Arena in Brooklyn (and facing intense local opposition from the community). His brother is an investment banker, Steven Ratner, and Steven's wife is Maureen White, the former finance chair of the DNC. The family is originally from Cleveland, and Steven was an original partner with Gore in Current TV. (update: There's some dispute about whether they are related, but they do know each other. Steven Rattner hasn't donated to Lieberman.).
I remember when I was a student that maxed out to neoliberal politicians. College!
And here is the Falic family of the company 'Duty Free America', which sells goods in airports with no tariffs.
Finally, here's Herb Kohl, Senator from Wisconsin, and well-known Hill coward.
Ok, except for Kohl, this looks like a network of New York City billionaires who comprise the 'Bloomberg Democrat' type. These are the people who see themselves as above the fray, and think there's a third party realignment that's possible among all the pro-free trade and pro-choice Americans who endow museums.
Update: I'm told that Richardson didn't donate.