The July 1 letter "Corporate cash was corrupting politics" was written with no facts and merely accusations. I am writing to rebut her mistruths about Cheri Bustos, Bobby Schilling and politics in general.|
-- According to The Federal Election Commission, laws prohibit contributions from corporations and labor unions. This prohibition applies to any incorporated organization, profit or nonprofit. Therefore Robert Schilling is NOT taking money from corporations for his campaign.
-- The $6,000 that Mr. Schilling received as a contribution was from the Koch PAC (Political Action Committee). This is completely following the laws set up by the Federal Election Commission. What she fails to conveniently mention is all of the PAC money Ms. Bustos receives from corporation PACS. Let me list the top three: The Iowa Health System, $7,900, The Pritzker Group, $7,500; Simons Cooper, LLC, $5,000. Bustos For Congress has received over 25 percent of its money from political action committees. So those who who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
-- The letter talked about the 10 to 1 spending in Wisconsin. But I never saw her reference how Obama outspent John McCain seven to one in TV ads in 2008. It seems to me that some distortion of figures or conveniently leaving out the whole picture is happening here.
So if Ms. Bustos really supports campaign finance reform, why would she not lay out what exactly her plan entails? Or why would she take over $150,000 in money from labor and lobbyists PACS? Or over $50,000 from pro-abortion group Emily's List. (Find this information at www.fec.gov and www.opensecrets.org .) I think we are all really more interested in hearing Cheri's stances on the issues rather than repeated mistruths about Rep. Schilling.
Silvis, IL Details
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