Outrageous sums, reasons for campaign donations

2013-11-14T00:00:00Z Outrageous sums, reasons for campaign donations nwitimes.com
November 14, 2013 12:00 am

The Federal Election Commission has released information on political contributions made during the 2012 election cycle.

Exxon Mobil, the world's largest company, gave $2 million mostly to Republicans. That's dwarfed by the $8 million given to Democrats by the Letter Carriers and Postal Workers' Unions.

The much-reviled Koch brothers, champions of limited government, gave $7 million, mostly to Republicans, while the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees gave $8 million, all to Democrats.

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase combined gave $15 million, mostly to Republicans, but were outspent by the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, who gave $19 million to Democrats.

It's outrageous how much money companies and unions in the private sector spend. It's more outrageous how much is spent by government employee unions using our tax dollars.

Most outrageous is why they all spend it.

- Steve Shelby, Schererville

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