Comparing Democrats' Votes (March 14th and June 20th votes):The telecoms are not getting immunity because it is the right thing to do. They are getting immunity because they outspent the ACLU and bought Democratic votes. This is why national elections, like the one coming up in November are generally moot. Little will change, because the PACs have already determined who is going to win: private corporations are going to win because they have more money than anyone else.
Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging:
$8,359 to each Democrat who changed their position to support immunity for Telcos (94 Dems)
$4,987 to each Democrat who remained opposed to immunity for Telcos (116 Dems)
88 percent of the Dems who changed to supporting immunity (83 Dems of the 94) received PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint during the last three years (Jan. 2005-Mar. 2008).
Friday, June 27, 2008
Further confirmation (via Maplight) that Democrats have no claim on the moral highground: