Thursday, October 7, 2010

Blanche Lincoln - US Senator - Arkansas

Ms. Lincoln is in the fight of her political career against a Republican opponent who might be even less responsive to animal concerns than Ms. Lincoln. I have talked to her staff on and off over the past three years and can say that most of them just don't get it....

Interestingly I received a call on Wednesday from "Michael", who said he was calling for the Democratic Party and asked me if I was going to support her (Blanche Lincoln) in November. Normally, like any good American, I tell callers who ask me those type of questions that its none their dang bidness .. but I thought I would give him some food for thought ..

Contributions from Lobbyists for AGRIBUSINESS:
Top Recipients, 2009-2010
Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)Senate $1,296,716
Moran, Jerry (R-KS)House $441,495
Blunt, Roy (R-MO)House $411,600
Peterson, Collin C (D-MN)House $410,230
Burr, Richard (R-NC)Senate $361,603

Contributions from Lobbyists for ENERGY:
Top Recipients, 2009-2010
1Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)Senate$779,592
2Murkowski, Lisa (I-AK)Senate$679,022
3Portman, Rob (R-OH)$565,938
4Vitter, David (R-LA)Senate$456,107
5Boucher, Rick (D-VA)House$455,842
6Blunt, Roy (R-MO)House$444,273
7Burr, Richard (R-NC)Senate$400,775
8Barton, Joe (R-TX)House$388,030
9Reid, Harry (D-NV)Senate$378,694
10Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)Senate$341,700

Contributions from Lobbyists for BANKS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Top Recipients, 2009-2010
1Schumer, Charles E (D-NY)Senate$4,858,039
2Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)Senate$2,361,887
3Portman, Rob (R-OH)$1,974,302
4Kirk, Mark (R-IL)House$1,950,074
5Reid, Harry (D-NV)Senate$1,904,927
6Crist, Charlie (I-FL)$1,839,018
7Shelby, Richard C (R-AL)Senate$1,463,338
8Brown, Scott P (R-MA)Senate$1,337,364
9Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)Senate$1,313,430
10Cantor, Eric (R-VA)House$1,301,497

Contributions from Lobbyists for HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY :
Top Recipients, 2009-2010
1Reid, Harry (D-NV)Senate$1,086,475
2Crist, Charlie (I-FL)$1,054,456
3Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)Senate$917,833
4Burr, Richard (R-NC)Senate$836,828
5Schumer, Charles E (D-NY)Senate$812,800

She is one of the top ten recipients from every special interest group on the above lists. And that is exactly why Democrats who vote for her are going to be holding their noses while they mark their ballots. Will the 10% of the time she might actually listen to "the small people" outweigh the overwhelming attention she will give special interests? Not to me. I have it figured this way - as much damage as Boozman can do as a freshman senator, Blanche Lincoln, as the powerful head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, can do more damage with her opposition to the issues I care about. She is NOT getting my vote.

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