Thursday, January 12, 2017

Luther Strange's $309,000

It has been reported that Luther Strange has raised $309,000 for running for the United States Senate when an election is held to fill Senator Sessions' seat. The indication is that Attorney General Strange will make this run regardless of whether he receives an interim appointment for the Senate seat from Governor Bentley.

The 2016 Presidential election
A central issue in the 2016 Presidential election was the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Candidate Trump,  in his very first debate in 2015, was brutally frank about this, saying he gave a lot to politicians, and when he gave, "they were there for him when he needed them" and this was a broken system. Here's the video of that.

There proceeded months and months of Presidential campaigning by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump that vociferously charged that a corrupt Congress and broken political system were failing the American people.

Bernie Sanders did not win the Democratic nomination in July.

Donald Trump carried on his criticisms in the general election and campaigned hard at the close of his campaign that he would "drain the swamp" in Washington DC.

This culminated in Trump's Contract with the American Voter, in which he committed to embark immediately on a plan for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington. The Contract proposed six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC. These are:

★ FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.

★ SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).

★ THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.

★ FOURTH, a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

★ FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

★ SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

The Congressional level
The 2016 Presidential election was overwhelmingly dominant in the news.

The 2016 Congressional elections in Alabama were noncompetitve, and the campaigning in those elections provided to Alabama voters nothing about the "corruption" issue compared to what the voters heard from the Presidential election.

Since November 8th, Senators Sessions and Shelby,  and Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell, have been largely silent concerning President-Elect Trump's Contract with the American Voter and its plan for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion. For more information about this, see Continued corruption silence.

Attorney General Strange as a focus
Perhaps Attorney General Strange's fund raising and his run for the United States Senate can provide a focus for continuing the attention of Alabama voters on the corruption issue during the coming year. 

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