Mr. Beaman's donorship history does not look that courageous to me:
Mr. Beaman told the Tennessean that he contributed $6,000 to NEF without solicitation from Crafton. That self-initiated muscle-flexing is all fine and good, but it is amazing that the tough financial times that have most people strapped for cash don't seem to be bothering the auto scion's campaign financing habits at all.
- The Center for Responsive Politics ranked Lee Beaman among the Top 15 Auto Industry Hard Money Contributors with the likes of Ford and Chrysler
- Of his $122,781 in partisan donations during one five-year period, Beaman donated $250 to Democrats, and he lives in a state where the ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats are relatively slight
- In 2004 Beaman donated $2,500 to the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" a shadow campaign designed to keep George W. Bush in the White House by means of assassinating the character of Bush's opponent
- Beaman and his wife Kelley donated $2,000 to Charlie Tygard's campaign while Tygard was attracting ethical questions and while Kelley lead an ethics in government advocacy group
- Beaman contributed $15,000 to Tennessee Forum, which was designed to advance a far-right GOP agenda in the state capital.
- Beaman donated $2,000 to California's Proposition 8 banning gay and lesbian marriages.
If buying political influence on the right is what counts for courage nowadays, I'll take cowardice. If might makes right, I don't want to be right.