So the "Pledge for America" was written with no actual input from America, all the people who went to the Republicans' Web site that was ostensibly created for America to write the new GOP agenda. Now we know why America didn't write the agenda. The Republicans turned the pledge over to corporate America to write.
The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, "Pledge to America," was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.
In a draft version of The Pledge that was being passed around to reporters before the official release, the document properties list "Wild, Brian" as the "Author." A GOP source said that Wild -- who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner's payroll -- did help author the governing platform....
Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist on behalf of the firm the Nickles Group, the lobbying shop set up by the former Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. During his five years at the firm, Wild, among others, was paid $740,000 in lobbying contracts from AIG, the former insurance company at the heart of the financial collapse; $800,000 from energy giant Andarko Petroleum; more than $1.1 million from Comcast, more than $1.3 million from Exxon Mobil; and $625,000 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc.
Wild has been through the revolving door before. At one point, Wild worked for Pat Toomey in the House, for VP Dick Cheney, and for former Sen. Hank Brown. But in the middle of all that, he also took time out to lobby for the Chamber of Commerce, apparently seamlessly moving from the Hill, to K Street, to the White House, and back to K Street and then back to the House.
And in true irony, Wild is currently the executive director of America Speaking Out--the organization created to allow America to write the Republican agenda. What more evidence do you need to know that the only America that exists for Republicans is corporate America?