Thursday, July 07, 2005
Empty Suit Thursday: Money for nothing
Minnesota's junior Senator, Smilin' Norm Coleman, flipped and flopped on CAFTA for the longest time before finally supporting the trade agreement. While he flopped like a freshly landed bass, Coleman took this check for $2,000 on March 10 from the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative PAC. He voted against them. It's not that Coleman can't be bought: it's just that the price is a little bit higher:
- Pepsico Concerned Citizens Fund: $2,000, 4/19/05 (CAFTA supporter)
- AG Processing Political Action Committee: $2,000, 4/12/05 (probable CAFTA supporter)
- AG Processing Political Action Committee: $2,000, 4/15/04
- Food Marketing Institute PAC: $2,000, 3/18/05 (CAFTA supporter)
- Microsoft: $1,000, 3/23/05 (CAFTA supporter)
It really does pay to be on the fence, doesn't it?
Here's more chutzpah from Smilin' Norm:
- Coleman wants to collect back taxes from federal contractors, but has yet to propose the only solution to the problem: funding aggressive IRS efforts to find and prosecute tax cheats.
- The Strib praised Coleman's support for CAFTA.I wonder if praising Coleman hurt them as much as it hurts me?
- Smilin' Norm's opposition to funding VA hospitals as part of the supplemental request for troops in Iraq means that money for prosthetic research was shifted to cover current costs, instead.