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2004 US Presidential Election
February 13, 2004
Bush | 10 Largest Q4 Bush Donors

Bush raised $47 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, and Buying of the President has a breakdown of the 10 biggest “bundled” donors for the quarter:

  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers ($122,750)
  • MBNA Corp. ($93,750)
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP ($73,525)
  • Southern Co. ($67,147)
  • Goldman Sachs Group ($65,750)
  • Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. ($58,904)
  • United Services Automobile Association Group ($57,775)
  • Rooney Holdings/Rooney Brothers ($56,000)
  • UBS AG Inc. ($54,850)

Posted by Alan at February 13, 2004 11:12 PM | TrackBack

By my calculation, the top 10 donors combined add up to 1.38% of the $47 million total.

Mostly accounting firms, management consultants, brokerage and banking… where’s Halliburton? Where’s the oiiil?

Posted by: lewy14 at February 14, 2004 04:20 AM

Enron is the number 1 lifetime contributor to Bush. Enron.

Posted by: Anthony at February 14, 2004 08:13 AM

Well, Enron really got their money’s worth then, didn’t they? I wonder where they got the idea that they could get favors from the President in exchange for cash?

Posted by: chips at February 14, 2004 11:39 AM

Enron is the number 1 lifetime contributor to Bush. Enron.

Big deal. WorldCom gave more to the Democrats in 2000 than Enron gave to both parties combined.


Posted by: jackson zed at February 14, 2004 12:15 PM

Companies/Corporate citizens that create wealth v. trial lawyer donors to the DMC that transfer wealth.

Which you think is better for the country is likely how you will see votes fall in Nov.

Posted by: dog at February 14, 2004 01:38 PM

Enron is the number 1 lifetime contributor to Bush. Enron.

And is a huge contributor to Bill Clinton in which a deal was struck out on a golf course. Enron donates to Bill Clinton thousands and in return Enron gets what they want.

But oh yea. Ameican People don’t want to look at facts. They only want to rely on ‘partisan’ Bush Bashing.

Posted by: Jeff MacMillan at February 14, 2004 02:06 PM

Jeff // Enron is the number 1 lifetime contributor to Bush. Enron. //

The original poster, lewy14, commented that their was no oil. I mentioned Enron, since it was a major energy company.

Ameican People don’t want to look at facts. hey only want to rely on ‘partisan’ Bush Bashing

I happy to look at the facts. You have to be an investigator in order to get even a decent sense of what’s going on. I know companies contribute to both parties in an attempt to, at the very least, get a ‘good seat’ in the political process.

And is a huge contributor to Bill Clinton in which a deal was struck out on a golf course.

Source please?

Posted by: Anthony at February 14, 2004 05:33 PM

// Enron is the number 1 lifetime contributor to Bush. Enron.//

The key word here is.. lifetime.. and that includes donations to Bush as a gubernatorial candidate in Texas by individuals employed by Enron.

Posted by: TexasGal at February 14, 2004 09:54 PM


Enron wasn’t an oil company, or even an energy company really, it was a complete fraud, and had substantial help from the Clinton administration. And the timing of some of that help is suspicous.

Here’s a link to a site with some video of the golf game in question:

Documents obtained by NBC News show the Clinton administration billed three Enron projects in India and Turkey as success stories, personally pushed by the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. About that time, Enron made its first $100,000 contribution to the Democrats.”

The rest of the Media Research article (caution! VRWC site!) goes on to document how the rest of the mainstream media buried the Clinton / Enron connections. I’m impressed with the Media Research site generally, they seem pretty detailed in their documentation - but some of the editorial comments are over the top or absurd. I’ll let you pick your favorite; scroll down from the link I provided.

But Time Magazine was on the case. In a widely cited Notebook item: several suspicious (as in quid pro quo) Clinton dealings brokered by Mack McLarty are enumerated, including the same accusation as in the NBC report:

In June 1996, four days before India granted final approval to Enron’s project, Lay’s company gave $100,000 to the President’s party. Enron denies that its gift was repayment for Clinton’s attention, and White House special counsel LANNY DAVIS says McLarty acted out of concern for a major U.S. investment overseas.

The Time item shows this is part of a pattern of behavior.

The golf game happened, quid pro quo insinuated, but not proven. So, for balance, let’s turn to The Daily Howler on the bogus Lincoln Bedroom allegation. Once again, the “source” for the bogus story turns out to be Drudge. But then the Howler shows it’s partisanship:

So where does spin come from? Let’s spell it out nice and plain. Dissemblers in the Bush White House (or at the RNC) decided they wanted to deceive you. So they handed a piece of disinformation to Drudge, and he compliantly typed ’er on up.

Way to go making something up and presenting it as fact when you’re slamming someone for making something up and presenting it as fact. Sheesh.

For a bigger picture, there is a good summary of Enron soft money contributions by Public Citizen. Bottom line, most Enron donations were soft money, and most went to the Republicans (77%). Total Enron campaign contributions: $6 million.

Widely cited NYT article from 2002 on Clinton era support for Enron: Enron Received Many Loans From U.S. For Foreign Projects. (Caution: hacked URL, hope it works for you - you may get redirected to an abstract instead of the full article).

Finally, why go to a rightwingtruebeliever source to slam the Democrats on Enron when William Greider at The Nation can do it for me: Enron Democrats.

Posted by: lewy14 at February 15, 2004 12:46 AM

Oops, screwed up the Daily Howler link above, here it is:

Posted by: lewy14 at February 15, 2004 12:49 AM

Thanks for the links. I’ll get back to you.

Posted by: Anthony at February 15, 2004 11:57 AM

lewy, drumming his fingers… If you do respond, email me.

Posted by: lewy14 at February 17, 2004 12:53 AM

lewy14: You links are eye-opening. I really haven’t followed the Enron story. Allegations abound. Clinton bashing is alive and well. Even so, I realize that there may be some truth in the claims against Clinton. I will keep my eye on this one. Thank you.

Posted by: Anthony at February 25, 2004 03:45 AM

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