What would you call it when you pay $347 million and get a $20 billion return? When it comes to the way Congress works, I think we should call it "legalized bribery."
Consider this: In 2009 and 2010 alone, big oil and energy interests pumped out $347 million in campaign contributions and lobbying fees to influence Congress. And it really paid off--to the tune of $20 billion in government energy subsidies. Big oil earns record profits but middle-class Americans are stuck paying more at the pump.
It's not right and I'm sick of it. I'm running for Congress to Clean it Up and stop corporate money from destroying our democracy.
I won't take a dime from banking interests, the insurance lobby, or corporate PACs. I don't think Congress should be for sale to the highest bidder and I know we can't restore the health of our country until we end this system of legalized bribery.
David Gill, M.D.
Democratic candidate for IL-13