You Think Industry Lobbies Don’t Pay to Sway Votes? Think Again.

Guess how bribes affected nsa spying votes in congress-great explanatory video from Young Turks back in July. More Young Turks Videos and News at Are our lawmakers sold out? Listen and read on.

The statistics in the study in the article below are referenced in the video.

defense-contributions-chart1by as republished from Boing Boing.  A detailed analysis on Maplight of the voting in last week's vote on de-funding NSA dragnet spying found that the Congresscritters who voted in favor of more NSA spying received more than double the defense industry campaign contributions of their anti-NSA-voting rivals.

They were the winners in the industry's $13M donation bonanza leading up to the 2012 elections.

defense industry moneyThe remarkable thing is how cheaply these empty suits sold out their vow to uphold the Constitution.

On average, the pro-spying side got $41,635, while the anti- averaged $18,765 — a difference of $22,870.

Of the 26 House members who voted and did not receive any defense financing, 16 voted for the Amash amendment.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voted against the measure. He ranked 15th in defense earnings with a $131,000 take. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) also voted against Amash. Pelosi took in $47,000 from defense firms over the two-year period.

Ninety-four Republicans voted for the amendment as did 111 Democrats.

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash [David Kravets/Wired]

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