Here is the second installment of my series illustrating why those who voted for Tea Party and conservative Republican candidates to control Congress will soon be soon be suffering from voter's remorse. My methodology is simple: I list all newly-elected members of Congress, including Senators, state by state and district by district. Then I list the sources of their campaign funds (the special interest groups and industries they will be beholden to). Those who naively thought they were electing people more like themselves or who understood and shared their values will soon find out otherwise. For this new group of Teapublicans was heavily funded and backed by big banks and big corporations, and is not composed of everyday working people struggling economically, but is rather made up largely of white, upper income,, white collar types whose main agenda will be to serve the interests of big money. For none of these elected are, or really understand or care about the wants and needs of everyday working citizens. None were bakers, cooks, waiter/waitresses, secretaries, cashiers, warehousepersons, assembly line workers, mechanics, truckers, hairdressers, retail clerks, plumbers, carpenters, or electricians. As such, none will do much to create jobs, improve education, or build and repair infrastructure. Instead, they will be pushing for extended tax cuts for the very wealthy and deregulation of business, neither of which created jobs and both of which have contributed to our deficit and the Great Recession we currently are suffering.
My list includes only newly-elected members. For a list of the other existing members, scroll back to my six-part, May 2009 series called Time for REAL Representation! It provides a comprehensive listing.
KEY: D=Democrat; I= Independent; R=Republican; S=Senator; A=Attorney; P=Politician.
19. Jeff Denham R Small business owner received funds from conservative PACs, coop and food processors, gambling casinos, and law firms.
33.. Karen Bass D Physician's assistant, Teacher, P got funds from Time Warner, FedEx Corp., health professionals, the entertainment industry,law firms, real estate firms.
3. Scott Tipton R Small business owner funding supplied by builders and contractors, bankers' PACs, conservative PACs. Long time conservative supporter of Reagan and Bush-era economics.
4. Cory Gardner R A, small business owner was endorsed by anti-immigration fanatic Tom Tancredo. Received funding frm oil and gas companies, lawyers and law firms, conservative PACs, and real estate firms.
S. Michael Blumenthal D A Received money from lawyers and law firms, securities and investment firms, real estate firms, Democratic PACs. Could either emerge as a blue dog, or possibly a strong consumer advocate, as he has big money behind him but also has a track record of suing huge corporations like Microsoft and Countrywide Insurance. Watch and see...
At-large. John C. Carney, Jr. D P received money from lawyers and law firms, Democratic PACs, building trade unions, health professionals.
S. Chris Coons D A A former Republican, he switched parties in the mid-1980s. May end up as another blue dog. He got funding from Democratic PACs, lawyers and law firms, industrial unions. Watch and see with this one too...
2. Steve Southerland R Mortician Received funds from health professionals, general contractors, and funeral homes. Endorsed by Eric Casntor of VA.
5. Richard Nugent R Law enforcement Received money from conservative PACs, real estate firms, Publix Supermarkets. Endorsed by Mike Huckabee of OK.
Daniel Webster R Air conditioning contractor Got funding from law firms, conservative PACs (including Americans for Prosperity), real estate firms, and U.S. Solutions, Inc., a company providing foreign call centers for U.S. companies. A proponent of home schooling who is endorsed by Jeb Bush.
12. Dennis Ross R A Got funds from conservative Republican PACs, insurance companies, credit union PACs, health professionals, and Publix Supermarkets.
17. Frederica Wilson D School Principal Received funding from lawyers and law firms, public school unions, American Crystal Sugar. 36% of campaign self-financed.
22. Allen B. West R U.S. Army, High School Teacher Received much funding from Securities and Investment firms, Misc. finance (including Bank of America), conservative PACs, real estate firms. Spoke at the 2010 CPAC conference; has hired a talk show host (who stated illegal immigrants should be hanged) as his chief of staff; and is endorsed by Sarah Palin. Keep your eyes on this wacko.
24. Sandy Adams R Law enforcement Was funded by lawyers and law firms, lobbyists, health professionals, the AMA, and Publix Supermarkets.
25. David Rivera R College Professor Funded by health professionals, conservative PACs, lawyers and law firms, and lobbyists.
S. Marco Rubio R A An early Tea Party darling, he has received huge amounts of money from conservative PACs, Club for Growth, Koch industries, securities and investment firms, health professionals. Supported by all the big corporate money a person could ask for.
7. Rob Woodall R A, P A POLITICAL INSIDER who served as Chief of Staff for his predecessor, John Linder. Heavily funded by health professionals (including the American Dental Association), conservative PACs, credit union PACs.
8. Austin Scott R Insurance Received funding from health professionals, conservative PACs, law firms. His father was an orthopedic surgeon, and he pressured the Georgia Attorney General to file a lawsuit against the recently-passed health care reform bill. Guess which industries he WON'T be favoring regulation of?
1. Raul Labrador R A Received a nice chunk from conservative PACs, real estate firms, and misc. finance firms.
When I do my next post in this series, it will feature the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Be there or be square!