Friday, August 20, 2010

Republicans Using 527 Groups to Buy Governorships to Gerrymander States

Tags: Republicans Get Millions from Individuals to Gerrymander Districts to Insure Republicans Win

Republicans used the governorships in many states to gerrymander districts to favor Republicans. In Texas they bought the Supreme Court using illegal money to gerrymander districts without a census. Their bought Supreme Court allowed this to happen. They have no shame and will do anything legal or not to win power in spite of their professed loved for Jesus and Christianity while at the same time violating almost every one of its commands.

Jim Kawakami, August 20, 2010,

REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION RAISES BIG MONEY: The Republican Governors Association received more than

$19 million in contributions during the second quarter, far exceeding those of the Democratic Governors Association, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis. Although the Democratic Governors Association had a 12 percent increase in donations from the first quarter, the increase is paltry compared to the 109 percent increase by the Republican Governors Association -- $9 million to $19 million.

In the second quarter, the Republican Governors Association received three donations more than a million dollars: $1,480,000 from the Michigan Chamber of Congress, $1,000,000 from David Koch of
Koch Industries and $1,000,000 from News America Inc., a subsidiary ofNews Corp. The largest donation to the Democratic Governors Association was $500,000 which came from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Both organizations have donors that continually show up at the top of the contribution reports. The Republican Governors Association’s top donors are often Bob Perry -- chief executive officer of
Perry Homes, who has also given millions to 527 groups such as the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- and Paul Singer, chief executive officer of Elliot Management. The Democratic Governors Association is most popular with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the American Federation of Teachers. GlaxoSmithKline, the British pharmaceutical company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a New York based private equity firm and AT&T, tend to show up in the top donors list of both governors associations.

The graphs below show the recent quarterly disparity as well as mid-year contribution totals going back to 2008. The Republican Governors Association has out-raised its democratic counterpart in every mid-year report in the time period shown. Click on the graphs for a full size image: See

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