Looks like executives were not the only recipients of AIG largess. Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, AIG made some generous contributions to political campaigns, and according to a recent Rasmussen report, a healthy majority of Americans believe they should give it back:
Two-out-of-three Americans (67%) believe that politicians who received campaign contributions from American International Group (AIG) should return the money. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 21% disagree and 13% are not sure.Politicians are nothing if not predictable, 'eh? There were two who received six-figure campaign donations - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) got $103,000.00, and President Barack Obama $101,332.00. You can find a list of the top 20 recipients here.
The belief that the politicians should give back the money is shared by a solid majority of every measured demographic group except one - America’s Political Class. In that elite group, just 29% think the contributions should be returned while 63% reject that idea.
Incidentally, the citizens who think the money should be returned are called "America's Populists" in the Rasmussen article. I think that may be the old media's new code for "bumpkins in flyover country".
(For more info, see OpenSecrets.org, and their Capital Eye Blog.)