Politicians for Sale

December 17, 2011

The best investment a corporation can make is to buy a Congressman or Congresswoman.  The return on this investment is several thousand percent.  Investments in people, equipment, plants or products won't provide the return than that of buying a politician.  And these politicians come cheap.

According to data available on OpenSecrets.org, an investment of as little as $14,800 in campaign contributions can net $10,380,000 in earmarked government money as the corporate investors in Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D-Md) discovered.  Not only are politicians for sale, they're apparently for sale cheaply.

When purchasing a politician, as in any product purchase, it's good to know which represent the best value for the money.  For that purpose, we've listed below those politicians who deliver the greatest return for the least investment.The best investment a corporation can make is to buy a Congressman or Congresswoman.  The return on this investment is several thousand percent.  Investments in people, equipment, plants or products won't provide the return than that of buying a politician.  And these politicians come cheap.

According to data available on OpenSecrets.org, an investment of as little as $14,800 in campaign contributions can net $10,380,000 in earmarked government money as the corporate investors in Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D-Md) discovered.  Not only are politicians for sale, they're apparently a cheap investment.

When purchasing a politician, as in any product purchase, it's good to know which represent the best value for the money.  For that purpose, we've listed below some of the politicians who deliver the greatest return for the least investment.

Politicians who Represent the Best Return on Investment

Representative State

Earmark Projects sent to 
Campaign Contributors

Campaign Contributions by 
those who Received Earmark 
Projects
James Clyburn (D) SC $15,525,000 $7,250
Jerry Lewis (R) CA $14,850,000 $6,800
Bob Etheridge (D) NC $13,250,000 $5,000
Denny Rehberg(R) MI $19,804,000 $4,900
John Culberson (R) TX $8,000,000 $3,650
Michael Capuano (D) MA $7,200,000 $3,000
Ed Royce (R) CA $4,480,000 $1,600
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R) WA $9,758,000 $1,600
Jeffrey Lane (R) NE $7,000,000 $1,450

Although there are more Republicans on this list, don't assume that this is a Republican problem.  We have taken the top 9 bargains in the House.  All members of the House participate in this, it's just that Republicans represent the best deal.  

The numbers are a few years old (reporting is neither transparent nor timely in Congress) and to be fair, the Republicans probably had to present a better value buy because they have been in the minority for so long and their purchasing power was diminished.  Democrats just cost a little more.  However, the return is still astronomical.  

The more light that is shown on the practices of crony capitalism, the more it appears that free market capitalism is a myth.  There are a significant number of firms whose only income comes at the largesse of the government.  Politicians may be cheap but they're not free.

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