Rep Paul Ryan: Rich Mens' Minion. H/T One Old Vet
Some GOP Donors Step Up Immigration Push by Laura Meckler The Wall Street Journal Oct 23, 2013 gloats
Some big-money Republican donors...are stepping up their warnings to GOP leaders that they risk long-term damage to the party if they fail to pass immigration legislation.
Some donors say they are withholding political contributions from members of Congress who don't support action on immigration
...Fred Zeidman, a Texas oil executive and fundraiser. "For my party to fight the inevitable, I think, is so incredibly shortsighted."
Zeidman was singing the same song during the 2012 election, as I noted in Did Jewish GOP Donors Buy Romney's Immigration Wimp-Out?A similar case:
Norman Braman, a Miami businessman and donor, said he is asking candidates for their stance on immigration when they seek campaign contributions, and that he is likely to turn down those who don't back the legislation. He thinks now is a time for donors to flex their muscles.
Carlos Gutierrez, who served in George W. Bush's cabinet and is now heading the group Republicans for Immigration Reform…said he has turned down two Republicans who sought contributions—one a senator and one a member of the House—because they oppose immigration legislation.
(Guitierrez, though, is really just a servant – in discussing his Treason Lobby employment in Is Cash Avalanche Sweeping GOP Into Amnesty Acquiescence? I noted his outfit is funded by the usual suspects including the ubiquitous Sheldon Adelson.A somewhat more unusual specimen is
John Rowe of Chicago, the former CEO of Exelon Corp.,
who we learn
…has held fundraisers for Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the architects of the Senate immigration bill. He also has donated to GOP Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Aaron Shock of Illinois, who support a path to citizenship for those here illegally.
To her credit – and contrary to the Wall Street Journal tradition - author Meckler allows an opposition statement
Some Republicans say the political risk to the GOP is overblown...Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), a leading opponent of the Senate bill, called the political argument "nonsense" in a summer memo to House Republicans. The party lost in 2012 "because they hemorrhaged support from middle- and low-income Americans," he wrote
which of course is the VDARE.com position.It is entirely appropriate that these rich men should resort to bribery and threats. Their "arguments" are completely specious and selfish.