Wednesday, March 25, 2009

67% of Americans Say Politicians Should Return AIG Campaign Contributions

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.

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.
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.

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, and their Capital Eye Blog.)

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