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  •  Buy them.... (7+ / 0-)

    I just read a study about the amount of money donated by the NRA to various politicians in the US.  I was stunned at how little it was:  roughly $1000 per year.  A congressman with two years to deliver a vote got around $2000 to $2500;
    a senator might have gotten $5500.  This is simply chump change.  We hear how much they donate as if it were a huge amount.  Why can't we simply up the ante?  Ask John Runyon in NJ if we can't top it?  a couple of neighbors could easily do better than $2500.  I just don't think the left is aggressive enough, nor persistent enough, to try to get our agenda accomplished.  Perhaps we need more obsessives, like the NRA's awful LaPierre, but we probably are too rational to keep pressing the issues we want to succeed.  The most important pressure has to be put on President Obama.  Let him know we want action, and let him know frequently.  

    •  Or we could bankroll the candidacy of true (3+ / 0-)
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      Brahman Colorado, Kansas Born, Chi

      public servants and remove the politicians that are in it to enrich themselves.

      Yes, that's what I'm getting at.  We need true "zealots" on our side as well.  People that are passionate, obsessive about the importance of pushing back on the plutonomy.

    •  Maybe a "Congressman, Tell Us Your Price" (5+ / 0-)

      campaign. Just sort of get them to tell us how much they need to make a proper vote -- they can say "I need $2 million worth of Free Speech," to avoid the appearance of bribery.

      Then, we can have telethons, and internet money-bombs and whatnot to raise their price. Er, Free Speech Amounts.

      I'm only being 15% snarky, btw. I think the campaign alone would affect voting patterns, even without anyone admitting their price.

      The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

      by Jim P on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:20:41 PM PST

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    •  gavrik - I too was surprised by how small the (1+ / 0-)
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      donation amounts from the NRA were to members of Congress. The top was under $10,000 and most were in the $2,000 - $5,000 range. It takes $1 million to run a House campaign so the NRA is, at best, providing 1% of the money needed. How do they achieve so much leverage for such small campaign donations?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:33:15 PM PST

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    •  The NRA true numbers (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Ray Pensador

      are are VERY high in terms of right wing support. reveals the staggering amount. The NRA membership is purposely kept misinformed. The NRA doesn't champion members or give a damn about the 2nd amendment. Both are tools and excuses.  It is the gun manufacturers the NRA serves. They give millions to the NRA.  We all hear the terror of the right wing radical who MUST have guns and more guns to protect themselves. I read some NRA literature. They purposely incite terror and of course, that leads to more gun sales.  Politicians are owned and used to block gun control and data that would drop sales.

      Grover Norquist is a boil on the right butt cheek of humanity.

      by bluebuckeyewmn on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:39:31 AM PST

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