[Marxism] Wash. Post article hints trouble may be on way re Bush fund-raisingTHE BUSH MONEY MACHINE : Fundraising's Rewards

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun May 16 09:56:32 MDT 2004

This is one of the first articles I have seen that hints at the
question: What are the big contributors going to do if the
administration begins to collapse, for reasons beyond the contributors'
or the administration's control.  One thing I would suspect is growing
pressure on Bush to dump both Rumsfeld and Cheney, and possibly offer
the vice presidency to McCain to head off Kerry's clear progress toward
an alliance with McCain.

But this may also be an opening gun in a campaign that can offer
possibilities for getting money back.  Note that the headline on the
WashingtonPost.com summary is different and much sharper than the
headline on the article in the paper:
THE BUSH MONEY MACHINE : Fundraising's Rewards 
Pioneers Fill War Chest, Then Capitalize   
The .com headline not only stresses the total, but notes "few
restraints."  This opens the door to dealing with the question of
bribery, but perhaps more explosively  EXTORTION: donors being pressured
to contribute under threat, or barred from making contributions to both
parties by extortionate threats. 

Watch this space for further developments.  If the administration proves
unsalvageable, some people are going to want to cut very big losses.
Fred Feldman

Building War Chest With Few Restraints 
Since 1998, President Bush has raised a record $296.3 million in
campaign funds. At the heart of the most successful political money
operation in history:... 
(By Thomas B. Edsall, Sarah Cohen and James V. Grimaldi, The Washington


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