As Boeing lobbied against a rival aerospace company to win a $35 billion government contract, its activities included a curious donation: $10,000 to the Johnstown, Pa., Symphony Orchestra.
The orchestra was a favorite cause of Rep. John Murtha, the late Pennsylvania Democrat who, as a gatekeeper for the Defense Department's budget, held a lot of influence over Pentagon contracting.
Boeing ultimately won the contract to build a new military refueling tanker, after the company and its competitor donated to organizations held in favor by key Pentagon generals and lawmakers like Murtha.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lobbying, Charities, & My $5 Thousand Dollar Pledge.
One has to wonder the net benefit to society with such donations. While I am sure that a symphony is a worthy cause, I can't help but wonder if our country would be better off without so much deficit spending. I am often shocked at just how cheap it is to get our politicians to whore themselves out to pass legislation that isn't necessarily good...
If it just takes $10 grand to sway a $35 billion dollar contract, I will donate $5,000 dollars to the favorite charity of the politician that can enact legislation to solve our debt problem in the next decade. I would imagine that I am not the only voter that would be willing to do this. Plus, I would probably contribute to your future re-election campaign(s) as well.
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