Politics The Defense Industry’s Surprising 2016 Favorites: Bernie & Hillary

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    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has collected more money than any other candidate in the 2016 race from employees tied to the 50 largest contractors with the Department of Defense— at least $454,994 in campaign funds over a 14-month period ending in February.

    While Clinton’s haul is substantial, it is only one-third higher than the amount defense contractors gave to the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination. Despite advocating steep cuts in defense spending, Sanders’ campaign has accepted at least $310,055 in defense-related donations — more than any Republican presidential candidate — since the start of the 2016 campaign cycle.


    According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data, over a 14-month time period from January 2015 through February 2016, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns together received at least $765,049 from employees of major defense contractors — more than twice the $357,775 sum received by the Republican Party’s three remaining presidential candidates. Among the current GOP contenders, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has called for large increases in defense spending, won the lion’s share of defense industry donations, receiving $307,955.

    The disparity between the Democratic and Republican candidates may seem unusual, since Republicans often depict themselves as more supportive of defense spending than their Democratic opponents, and historically, more defense-related contributions have gone to Republicans. It’s possible that donors at defense-related companies are betting that a Democrat is more likely to win the White House in the fall than any of the Republicans, which makes Clinton and Sanders more useful targets for investment. The donations may also reflect the fact that the Democratic Party’s highest elected official, President Barack Obama, has called for a $2.4 billion increase in defense spending for fiscal year 2017, and many Democratic lawmakers have voiced support for Obama’s request even though polls show the proposal lacks public support.

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    Much more:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/st...ton-bernie-sanders-republican-ted-cruz-213783
     
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    Another good reason to vote Trump.

    Trump is gonna bid everything out, not just award contracts to the biggest contributors.
     
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    I'm not getting sucked in today Gar. You have a great day.
     
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    At this point, I wouldn't vote for any of these schmos.
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    Its 6:30 am, please log off and try to get some shut eye.
     
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    Ummmmm........News flash. Trump is finished.
     
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    I hate to be an I told you so, but......
     
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    Its not surprising at all. Democratic candidates and less likely to support a strong defense if they get elected.
    Hence, they get bigger contributions to run their campaigns as a kind of bribe.
     
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    Check the polls after Wisconsin... newsflash is one word, old feller.
     
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    Are you living in some alternate universe and completely unaware of whats been happening with Trump in the past few weeks? With a strong candidate like Kasich there is no way in hell the Republicans are going to nominate Trump at the convention.
     
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    He's going to get 1237 and they won't have a choice.

    BTW: Trump and Cruz will soon have a majority of delegates. That means they'll have control of writing the convention rules. They can keep the current 8 state rule and Kasich will be unable to be nominated even if they wanted to. Republican nom is going to either Trump or Cruz.
     
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    Might be Cruz but Trump will get slaughtered in and election against Bernie or Hillary. 77% of the women in this country say they will not vote for him. The Republicans will not nominate him at the convention. The delegates are not obligated to vote for him.
     
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    Sadly I don't think that would be within his purview. All those Congress fucks have the most say with that shit based on manufacturers and suppliers in their district.
     
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    For the first ballot any he wins leading into the convention are indeed bound by the rules to vote for him so if he does reach the magic number at the end of the primary season there is nothing the RNC can do to stop him.

    Will it be the most successful possible outcome for the Repubs, nope, but thems the rules.
     
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    I dont think they are the rules. The delegates are not obligated to vote for him. But I may be wrong.
    I just cant see the Republicans nominating this big mouthed bufoon to run for president.
     
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    Trump has time to work on his favorables with women. He definitely needs to start making that a focus moving forward and avoid the silly landmines the MSM will continue to lay in his path.

    You're forgetting that Hillary is almost equally disliked.

    Which candidate do you think Hillary would rather face, Cruz or Trump?

    Cruz is a guaranteed win for Hillary.
     
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    Yes, you're wrong.
     
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    The Republicans will change the rules if necessary to keep Trump from getting the nomination.
     
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    If he has the most delegates going into the convention and it eventually goes to someone else........ How do you spin that to the people who supported him? And 6 months ago the guy tagged "most hated" in the Senate is now your nominee?

    I know there are rules and super delegates and binding vs. non-binding etc...

    I don't get it.
     
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