White House, Congressional Hypocrites Took AIG Loot

robberIf the White House and many in Congress are going to demonize AIG for honoring their contractual obligations to pay out bonuses–something the Obama Administration, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and everyone who voted for the bailout legislation authorized them to do–then perhaps these bastions of financial virtue should consider giving up their booty received from AIG.

A press release from Americans for Limited Government today calls for President Obama and other above-reproach members of congress to give up the contributions they received from AIG.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today in a letter urged President Barack Obama and members of Congress to “return the $4.37 million they received in campaign contributions from AIG since 1989, including the $644,218 they received in 2008.”

“If the American people are to believe all the angry words and threats coming from the White House, President Obama must return the $104,332 he received from AIG during the 2008 campaign cycle,” declared Wilson in a statement.

According to OpenSecrets, quite a few elected officials have received loot from AIG, even in the 2008 election cycle:

House Democrats
Larson, John B (D-CT) $19,750
Kanjorski, Paul E (D-PA) $12,000
Perlmutter, Edwin G (D-CO) $10,500
Rangel, Charles B (D-NY) $9,000
Neal, Richard E (D-MA) $6,500
Udall, Mark (D-CO) $5,800
Bean, Melissa (D-IL) $4,750
Mahoney, Tim (D-FL) $4,000
Crowley, Joseph (D-NY) $3,500
Murphy, Chris (D-CT) $2,800
Berman, Howard L (D-CA) $2,500
Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $2,000
Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND) $2,000
Visclosky, Pete (D-IN) $2,000
Weiner, Anthony D (D-NY) $2,000
Gillibrand, Kirsten E (D-NY) $1,500
Capps, Lois (D-CA) $1,000
Cooper, Jim (D-TN) $1,000
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $1,000
Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN) $1,000
Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) $1,000
Gordon, Bart (D-TN) $1,000
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH) $1,000
Kind, Ron (D-WI) $1,000
Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $1,000
Maloney, Carolyn B (D-NY) $1,000
Towns, Edolphus (D-NY) $1,000
Wilson, Charlie (D-OH) $1,000
Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $500
Hastings, Alcee L (D-FL) $500
Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) $500
Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD) $500
Wu, David (D-OR) $500
Ackerman, Gary (D-NY) $250
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $250
Frank, Barney (D-MA) $250
TOTAL: $105,850

House Republicans
Smith, Chris (R-NJ) $6,900
Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) $2,500
Culberson, John (R-TX) $2,300
Shays, Christopher (R-CT) $2,200
Davis, Tom (R-VA) $2,000
King, Pete (R-NY) $1,843
Baker, Richard (R-LA) $1,000
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $1,000
Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $1,000
Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH) $1,000
Davis, Geoff (R-KY) $500
Fossella, Vito (R-NY) $500
Gilchrest, Wayne T (R-MD) $500
Putnam, Adam H (R-FL) $500
Rogers, Mike (R-MI) $400
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) $400
Bachmann, Michele Marie (R-MN) $250
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC) $250
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) $250
Castle, Michael N (R-DE) $200
Hayes, Robin (R-NC) $200
TOTAL: $25,693

Senate Democrats
Obama, Barack (D-IL) $104,332
Dodd, Chris (D-CT) $103,900
Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $37,965
Baucus, Max (D-MT) $24,750
Biden, Joseph R Jr (D-DE) $19,975
Durbin, Dick (D-IL) $11,000
Rockefeller, Jay (D-WV) $6,500
Reed, Jack (D-RI) $6,000
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) $5,000
Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA) $2,300
Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI) $2,000
Nelson, Ben (D-NE) $1,200
Harkin, Tom (D-IA) $1,000
Lautenberg, Frank R (D-NJ) $1,000
Pryor, Mark (D-AR) $1,000
Salazar, Ken (D-CO) $1,000
Carper, Tom (D-DE) $200
Tester, Jon (D-MT) ($1,000)
TOTAL: $328,122

Senate Republicans
McCain, John (R-AZ) $59,499
Sununu, John E (R-NH) $18,500
Corker, Bob (R-TN) $7,400
Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) $4,500
Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC) $2,500
Cornyn, John (R-TX) $2,300
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) $1,250
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $1,100
Barrasso, John A (R-WY) $1,000
Bennett, Robert F (R-UT) $1,000
Coleman, Norm (R-MN) $1,000
Collins, Susan M (R-ME) $1,000
Enzi, Mike (R-WY) $1,000
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $1,000
Brownback, Sam (R-KS) $500
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) $500
Specter, Arlen (R-PA) $200
TOTAL: $104,249

Wasn’t McCain-Feingold supposed to take all the money out of the political process and turn our elected officials into shiny little angels? It appears all it did was shift the money flow around through different conduits and muzzle the little guy and little groups even further–while spitting in the face of the First Amendment.

And now we find out (HT to Real Clear Politics) that Jackie Clegg-Dodd, Senator Chris Dodd’s wife, was an “independent” director of IPC Holdings, Ltd., a Bermuda-based company controlled by AIG.

This influence-peddling and these conflicts of interest could be greatly diminished, not by assaults on the Constitution like McCain-Feingold, but by getting government the heck out of the private sector’s business! For decades the federal government has sought more and more influence over the free market (something our limited-government Constitution does not allow), and along with it has come massive amounts of corruption. This is just one more reason to fight back against the encroachment of socialism in our country.

If one or more of these individuals is your elected representative, and they are howling about the evil AIG bonuses, you might consider contacting them and asking them if they plan on divesting themselves of this “dirty money” they received from AIG.

The U.S. Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121 and you an ask the operator to connect you with your representative. You can also go to the Senate or House websites to get information on how to email your representative, or pay a visit to the nearest office in your state.

Since so many of them are so concerned about financial responsibility and fiscal restraint, I’m sure they’ll be positively beaming to hear from you.

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