This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money.

Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency, we now know just how much it cost corporations to bribe the Senate to do the bidding of the "people." In the Supreme Court sense, of course, in which corporations are "people."

According to an analysis by the Guardian, fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments, was only possible after lots of corporate money exchanged hands with senators. The US Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – the fast-tracking bill – by a 65-33 margin on 14 May. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 62-38 to bring the debate on TPA to a close.

Those impressive majorities follow months of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing by the world’s most well-heeled multinational corporations with just a handful of holdouts.

Using data from the Federal Election Commission, the chart below (based on data from the following spreadsheet) shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate.

The result: it took a paltry $1.15 million in bribes to get everyone in the Senate on the same page. And the biggest shocker: with a total of $195,550 in "donations", or more than double the second largest donor UPS, was none other than Goldman Sachs.

The summary findings:

  • Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
  • The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
  • The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.

The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.

Two days before the fast-track vote, Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway.

  • In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts – Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida – caved and voted for fast-track.
  • Bennet, Murray, and Wyden – all running for re-election in 2016 – received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research.
  • Almost 100% of the Republicans in the US Senate voted for fast-track – the only two non-votes on TPA were a Republican from Louisiana and a Republican from Alaska.
  • Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who is the former US trade representative, has been one of the loudest proponents of the TPP. (In a comment to the Guardian Portman’s office said: “Senator Portman is not a vocal proponent of TPP - he has said it’s still being negotiated and if and when an agreement is reached he will review it carefully.”) He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900). Portman is expected to run against former Ohio governor Ted Strickland in 2016 in one of the most politically competitive states in the country.

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Thank you, again and again, thank you.

Any elected official who accepts a bribe needs to be hung in public for treason.

And we wonder why our country is in trouble...they ALL should be in prison! And remember Cruz's wife is on a leave-of-absence from Goldman's

Its time to clean house, LITERALLY !!!These jokers are just too comfortable. They should be brought up on charges for treason, bribery and conspiracy. If any of us did half the things they do and get away with we'd be in prison.

There is no "Federal Government" - there is only a tyrannical power.  There are no republicans, democrats, conservatives, liberals, independents, etc. - there are only corrupt politicians.  There is no representative republic - there is only the people with power and money who give to the ones who take power and money.

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See, the former Grand Old Party has pretty well ceased to exist, even though we sent a lot of new blood in that was pledged to Constitutional Conservatism. Time for the Tea Party to rise to the occasion and register nationwide as a Political Party. I believe the most honest of the most newly elected Constitutional Conservative members of both houses of Congress would switch. I think they would be glad to get out from under the control of RINO turncoats like Boehner and McConnell.

I am amazed that Senator Schatz, one of the most liberal senators, wrote me a very good letter explaining why he was going to vote AGAINST TPP. I had hoped surely, as strongly worded as his letter was, he would have convinced other Democrats to also vote No! He actually had it right. It gives the PresiDictator authority to bypass the Senate on yet another front and Schatz seems to actually realize the danger that poses to the United States.

Those BASTERS in Washington must go.

No, corporations are not people, they are a business.  This is the case of the wealthy running our nation!  Not us!  Ever since Morgan, who's sympathy went back to London, who had an interest in owning everything.  Use other peoples money to get mega riches for himself.  This was the start of the progressives.  1896, when 3 men got together and talked about having to buy the next president in order to control him.  They did, McKinnely.  John Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Andrew Carnegie.

It is time to stop the wealthy from running this country.  All we are according to Rothschild are chattel.

I'd prefer strippers over prostitutes for our government officials; at least the former knows how to dance.  

can we get some dancers elected?  At least the show would be better.

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