Aug 1, 2016
Donald Trump has made a big show of attacking lobbyists for corporations and Wall Street interests. But those lobbyists were still very comfortable at the Republican National Convention!
Trump made sure they could participate: his team helped them quash a rule that would have banned lobbyists from serving as RNC members.
And they were all over the convention: they held meetings with Newt Gingrich and other Republicans tied to Trump. They paid 16 million dollars into the RNC convention account.
As one lobbyist put it: “It’s the business of Washington. Mr. Trump is talking about changing the paradigm. It’s not changing one bit. The political and influence class is going on as before.”
The Democratic National Convention was no different. It was bathed in corporate money.
Companies like Honeywell, Comcast, Anheuser-Busch and Johnson&Johnson poured in millions – even though that is officially illegal. No problem–they funnel money to nonprofits, and everyone winks!
And who are the biggest donors? The DNC, just like the RNC before it, won’t release that list until 60 days after their convention.
Despite all the speeches against “big money in politics” this year, Big Money knows it has a very comfortable home in both the Republican AND Democratic parties!