leftoftumblr: I think that info-graphic is misleading because of the note at the bottom...
These donations come not from the organizations and businesses themselves but from their employees and employees families.
Not to say there isn't a shit load of corporate money in politics, I just think this info-graphic is a bit misleading. What do you guys think?
Thanks for asking! It’s a great question.
As seasoned followers of political dark money — in fact, it’ll be a greater focus of our news crew going into the 2012 campaign season — we’ve often seen that it’s common practice for upper- and mid-level executives to donate to a corporation’s preferred candidates individually. Sometimes it’s an innocent act of free will. But more often, it’s a legal move to get around the caps on direct corporate donations to campaigns. And sometimes, pressure is brought to bear on those employees to make campaign contributions…or they’re reimbursed for them by the company, acts which are illegal.
These are some of the “soft-money” contributions you hear about all the time! And because the practice is common enough to be observed, we’ll generally look at employee donations along with corporate contributions, for the sake of thoroughness.