Friday, May 25, 2012

Do ALL The Members Of The House Financial Services Committee Take Bribes From The Banksters?


"Contributions from parties with an interest in legislation are really nothing but bribes. Sure, it's legal for the most part. Sure, everyone in Washington does it. Sure it's the way the system works. It's one of Washington's dirty little secrets-- but it's bribery just the same"

There are certain committees, congressmembers love getting on-- and sometimes pay to get on-- especially the committees that play a role in regulating big-money industries, like Agriculture, the Military Industrial Complex, Health Care and, most of all, Finance. Finance has paid out bigger bribes to Congress than any other sector-- by far. Since 1989, the Finance/Insurance/Real Estate sector has ponied up $1,710,713,286 in congressional races. This cycle, they've given $135,085,054 so far. The numbers are so big, they're almost incomprehensible. But to the banksters, this kind of cash is an investment, an investment that pays enormous dividends-- like, for example, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which helped make lots of millionaires multimillionaires and some multimillionaires into billionaires. It was also very lucrative for a number of congressmen, particularly members of the House Financial Services Committee.

I don't think anyone would disagree that members of the Financial Services Committee who take large bribes from the banksters are entitled to a fair trial before they're thrown in prison. And yet, they almost all do take large bribes from the banksters. Among the biggest donors within the sector this year are:

Goldman Sachs
Bain Capitol
Citadel Investment Group
National Assn of Realtors
Bank of America
JPMorgan Chase & Co
New York Life Insurance
Morgan Stanley
Wells Fargo

Below is a simple list. These are the memvers of the House Financial Services Committee and how much they took this cycle from the Finance Sector. Only Boehner ($2,269,358) and Cantor ($1,051,900) have taken more than Spencer Bachus this year. The names bolded are the committeemembers who are notorious bribe takers and who trade their votes for cash. Each of them belongs in prison... for a long time.

Spencer Bachus, R-AL, Chairman ($1,041,825)
Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, Vice Chairman ($708,347)

Peter King, R-NY ($166,300)
Edward Royce, R-CA ($681,685)
Frank Lucas, R-OK ($154,500)
Ron Paul, R-TX ($872,406)
Donald Manzullo, R-IL ($162,729)
Walter Jones, R-NC ($43,000)
Judy Biggert, R-IL ($374,094)
Gary Miller, R-CA ($146,970)
Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV ($240,700)
Scott Garrett, R-NJ ($630,370)
Randy Neugebauer, R-TX ($383,683)
Patrick McHenry, R-NC ($295,350)
John Campbell, R-CA ($292,750)
Michele Bachmann, R-MN ($262,213)

Thaddeus G. McCotter, R-MI ($103,250)
Kevin McCarthy, R-CA ($649,247)
Stevan Pearce, R-NM ($91,550)
Bill Posey, R-FL ($167,050)
Michael Fitzpatrick, R-PA ($208,750)
Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA ($191,635)
Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO ($234,385)
Bill Huizenga, R-MI ($183,790)
Sean Duffy, R-WI ($272,684)
Nan Hayworth, R-NY ($503,371)
James Renacci, R-OH ($299,484)
Robert Hurt, R-VA ($262,982)
Robert Dold, R-IL ($635,350)
David Schweikert, R-AZ ($359,000)
Michael Grimm, R-NY ($421,281)
Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-TX ($304,226)
Steve Stivers, R-OH ($508,210)
Stephen Fincher, R-TN ($303,813)

Barney Frank, D-MA, Ranking Member ($285,250)
Maxine Waters, D-CA ($19,200)
Carolyn Maloney, D-NY ($409,323)
Luis Gutierrez, D-IL ($58,750)
Nydia Velázquez, D-NY ($116,000)
Melvin Watt, D-NC ($103,750)
Gary Ackerman, D-NY ($107,100)
Brad Sherman, D-CA ($217,400)
Gregory Meeks, D-NY ($197,000)
Michael Capuano, D-MA ($60,350)
Rubén Hinojosa, D-TX ($26,700)
William Lacy Clay, D-MO ($58,850)
Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY ($214,460)
Joe Baca, D-CA ($77,301)
Stephen Lynch, D-MA ($50,500)
Brad Miller, D-NC ($45,000)
David Scott, D-GA ($139,120)
Al Green, D-TX ($33,900)
Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO ($112,739)
Gwen Moore, D-WI ($138,805)
Keith Ellison, D-MN ($84,812)
Ed Perlmutter, D-CO ($358,556)
Joe Donnelly, D-IN ($121,561)
André Carson, D-IN ($94,927)
James Himes, D-CT ($623,449)
Gary Peters, D-MI ($280,750)
John Carney, Jr., D-DE ($224,250)

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At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like the Democrats take less or they are offered less. Are they just cheap dates?

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Matthew Saroff said...

You are missing the point.

The reason that the HFSC has such a large membership is in order to facilitate payments from the financial industry to campaign funds.

If you are a freshman in a tough district, and you are "bank friendly" you get on the committee, and you "ask" for campaign donations, and you get them.

I'm not sure if the banksters are bribing them, or if the congress critters are shaking them down.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Two good comments. Thank you. Anonymous, the Democrats ARE cheap dates. And Matthew, you're right after Congress shaking down the banksters. The bribers are as guilty as the bribed.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Rusty Shackleford said...

On the Senate side, Anyone know how much Orrin Hatch-UT is pulling in in bribes this election year?

His big claim to fame is his chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. Seems the Big governmnet Romney "needs" him.

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, your list is in error. I can assure you that Ron Paul didn't take a penny.


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