Fata Morgana (chimerically) wrote,
Fata Morgana

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so corporate?

I was talking to my friend about Dean the other day. He said that he didn't like Dean because he was "so corporate" - he had so much more money than the other candidates, especially Kucinich, and it all must be coming from corporations. I told him that most of his campaign donations were from individuals (quite a lot aged 20-30 I've read), and they're documented online. (Besides, I'm uncomfortable with Kucinich's "personal opposition" to abortion, even though he's said he wouldn't do anything about it politically.) But the more I think about this, the more it worried me. The way he talked, it seemed like he would automatically support the "underdog" (though he resented Kucinich being called that), or the most extreme-left candidate, and it seems that there are many like him. A question for those who have been involved in the campaign: what good stuff could I tell people like him about Dean?

As I look around, Dean does have donations from corporations, though individual contributions dwarf them:
    Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has raised $25.3 million so far, and has $12.4 million on hand. Among his top contributors are Time Warner ($61,000), Microsoft ($30,000) and IBM ($25,000). Dean's own campaign staffers have contributed nearly $21,000 to their boss' campaign, making the group of them his sixth biggest donor.

    Two of Dean's top five donors -- and 10 of his top 20 -- are groups of university employees. University of California employees attained the highest ranking of any organization, with more than $63,000 in contributions to Dean. Dean has raised money from the professors and staff of at least 450 colleges and universities. Those in the education field have contributed a total of $852,000 to Dean's campaign, behind only the legal profession ($966,000).

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