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Republicans Say They’ve Got to Act on Tax Reform—or Donors Might Get Mad

You’re not supposed to admit that.

Russ ChomaNov. 10, 2017 11:14 AM

Everyone knows politicians pay excessive attention to the demands of their campaign donors. But if you’re a politician, you’re not supposed to actually say that publicly. 

Yet so far this week, two Republican politicians have done exactly that.

“My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,'” Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told The Hill on Tuesday when asked about the GOP’s tax reform package. 

 

On Thursday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) followed with his own unusually frank comment:

"Lindsey Graham says “the financial contributions will stop” if tax reform fails."

 

GOP donors have made clear for months that they are unhappy with congressional Republicans.

As far back as June, Doug Deason, a well-known conservative donor from Texas, announced that “the Dallas piggy bank” for Republican politicians was closed until GOP lawmakers started delivering. He had already refused two congressional Republicans who had asked him to hold fundraisers. “Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Deason said. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done. Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

By the time the Obamacare repeal flopped in late September, lawmakers were privately warning each other about the fundraising ramifications. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, cautioned his colleagues in a closed-door meeting that they were treading on dangerous ground by failing to deliver for their donors.

“Donors are furious…We haven’t kept our promise,” Gardner reportedly said. 

But the disconnect between what GOP lawmakers apparently felt obligated to get done (an Obamacare repeal) versus what opinion polls suggested voters wanted (no Obamacare repeal) was getting more uncomfortable. 

“Republicans campaigned on this so often that we have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said when asked why so many Republican senators were supporting an Obamacare repeal when there was a notable lack of popular support. “That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.” 

Last month, Politico reported that donor anger at Republicans was threatening to bubble over. 

“When you’re in a business and you tell your stakeholders you’re going to build a building or something, you have to follow through,” a Texas Republican donor named Dan Eberhart told Politico. “I can’t borrow money to build a building and then not follow through, which is what these guys are doing.”

 

With donors going on the record describing the relationship as nakedly transactional, Collins and Graham’s frankness starts to make more sense.

 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/republicans-say-theyve-got-to-act-on-tax-reform-or-donors-might-get-mad/

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36 minutes ago, DemoMan said:

Republicans Say They’ve Got to Act on Tax Reform—or Donors Might Get Mad

You’re not supposed to admit that.

Russ ChomaNov. 10, 2017 11:14 AM

Everyone knows politicians pay excessive attention to the demands of their campaign donors. But if you’re a politician, you’re not supposed to actually say that publicly. 

Yet so far this week, two Republican politicians have done exactly that.

“My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,'” Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told The Hill on Tuesday when asked about the GOP’s tax reform package. 

 

On Thursday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) followed with his own unusually frank comment:

"Lindsey Graham says “the financial contributions will stop” if tax reform fails."

 

GOP donors have made clear for months that they are unhappy with congressional Republicans.

As far back as June, Doug Deason, a well-known conservative donor from Texas, announced that “the Dallas piggy bank” for Republican politicians was closed until GOP lawmakers started delivering. He had already refused two congressional Republicans who had asked him to hold fundraisers. “Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Deason said. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done. Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

By the time the Obamacare repeal flopped in late September, lawmakers were privately warning each other about the fundraising ramifications. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, cautioned his colleagues in a closed-door meeting that they were treading on dangerous ground by failing to deliver for their donors.

“Donors are furious…We haven’t kept our promise,” Gardner reportedly said. 

But the disconnect between what GOP lawmakers apparently felt obligated to get done (an Obamacare repeal) versus what opinion polls suggested voters wanted (no Obamacare repeal) was getting more uncomfortable. 

“Republicans campaigned on this so often that we have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said when asked why so many Republican senators were supporting an Obamacare repeal when there was a notable lack of popular support. “That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.” 

Last month, Politico reported that donor anger at Republicans was threatening to bubble over. 

“When you’re in a business and you tell your stakeholders you’re going to build a building or something, you have to follow through,” a Texas Republican donor named Dan Eberhart told Politico. “I can’t borrow money to build a building and then not follow through, which is what these guys are doing.”

 

With donors going on the record describing the relationship as nakedly transactional, Collins and Graham’s frankness starts to make more sense.

 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/republicans-say-theyve-got-to-act-on-tax-reform-or-donors-might-get-mad/

 

So you have a problem with elected representatives listening to the people who elected them?

 

That's odd...because that is what the are supposed to do.

 

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1 hour ago, BatteryPowered said:

 

So you have a problem with elected representatives listening to the people who elected them?

 

 

They aren't. They are listening to the rich men they whore for, and IGNORING the people who elected them.

 

Are you really so stupid that you didn't understand that?

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4 minutes ago, DemoMan said:

 

They aren't. They are listening to the rich men they whore for, and IGNORING the people who elected them.

 

Are you really so stupid that you didn't understand that?

 

Unless of course those "rich men" are also constituents and voted or them.

 

Being a donor and being a constituent are not mutually exclusive.  I understand they are for the overwhelming majority of demoncrats...but that is not a hard and fast rule in every circumstance.

 

Are you really so stupid you didn't think about that?

 

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1 minute ago, dontlooknow said:

That is all the republicans do is service the rich for donations. 

Funny...

But you gave Trump millions because you claimed he was going to save you millions more...

 

Remember?

 

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Z09, on 17 Sept 2015 - 2:30 PM, said:

Why did you give Trump millions?

because he going to save me more than millions.

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28 minutes ago, BatteryPowered said:

 

Unless of course those "rich men" are also constituents and voted or them.

 

 

So you think that they should listen only to a tiny minority of rich people .and ignore the will of the overwhelming majority, 

Since you clearly despise democracy and everything America stands for, why not move to Russia?

 

YOU:  Being a donor and being a constituent are not mutually exclusive. 

 

And fire is hot.

 

YOU:  I understand they are for the overwhelming majority of demoncrats...but that is not a hard and fast rule in every circumstance.Are you really so stupid you didn't think about that?

 

No, I never think about the idiotic shit you make up and then scream about.  So,. explain to us why you despite democracy, and think elected representatives should ignore the will of the people and only service rich men.

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What has America come to, when the NSA can be involved in a plot TO KIDNAP someone living here and deliver him to a dictator to torture and kill, FOR A BRIBE.

 

If we don't eliminate the cancer that the republican party has become, America will be destroyed.

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37 minutes ago, Five By Five said:

The sky is not falling yet demo man

 

I am hoping we have an enormous and countrywide reaction from the public to this criminal gang that is raping the Treasury, flagrantly committing treason, and trying to MURDER AMERICANS for money, before too much damage is done.

 

What we need is to retake the Congress, and start passing laws to stop all of the election rigging the cons have put in place, gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, et al, that keep them in power even though the majority of the public hates them.  Once elections are accurate, 90% of those vile con traitors and criminals would be out on their asses.

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9 minutes ago, neue regel said:

“Everyone knows politicians pay excessive attention to the demands of their campaign donors.”

 

Yeah, no crap Russ. Guess what else, politicians also pay attention to the people who voted for them. 

 

67% of people want Obamacare.

People HAVE Obamacare.

 

Rich mean:  "Get rid of Obamacare and give us that money instead."

Cons: "Yes, master!  Get rid of Obamacare!!  Get rid of Obamacare!!  Get rid of Obamacare!!  Get rid of Obamacare!"

Public: "But we want Obamacare!  We NEED it!  If you take it away, many of us WILL DIE!"

Cons:  "We don't care. Fuck off and die.  Get rid of Obamacare!!  Get rid of Obamacare!!  Get rid of Obamacare!"

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1 minute ago, neue regel said:

 

If the economy would crash, there’s a good shot for Dems. 

 

Well, every time a con is in office, they rape the Treasury of every dime, run up staggering debt, and trash the economy, so you may get your wish.

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1 minute ago, Five By Five said:

It seems like a no brainer to me no matter what.. What fucking chance do Conturd Repukicons have?

 

Republicans are in power. How many will vote against a good economy and job market to flip things to Dems?

 

Likely not enough. 

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22 minutes ago, DemoMan said:

 

I am hoping we have an enormous and countrywide reaction from the public to this criminal gang that is raping the Treasury, flagrantly committing treason, and trying to MURDER AMERICANS for money, before too much damage is done.

 

What we need is to retake the Congress, and start passing laws to stop all of the election rigging the cons have put in place, gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, et al, that keep them in power even though the majority of the public hates them.  Once elections are accurate, 90% of those vile con traitors and criminals would be out on their asses.

 

I agree. We must put an end to election rigging. A Dem majority is just the prescription we need. 

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4 hours ago, neue regel said:

 

I agree. We must put an end to election rigging. A Dem majority is just the prescription we need. 

 


That's right - because democrats don't HAVE to cheat like you cons do. The majority of this country are liberal.  With a level playing field, you traitors are toast.

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Just now, DemoMan said:

 


That's right - because democrats don't HAVE to cheat like you cons do. The majority of this country are liberal.  With a level playing field, you traitors are toast.

 

Well....except for Hillary, of course. Now Bernie, he wouldn’t have to cheat. 

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