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And Now, a Word on the Sponsors

Corporations, unions and wealthy donors are allowed to pour unlimited cash into the host committees that finance presidential conventions in exchange for goodies such as private receptions with legislators and VIP access to special events. Most of the corporate sponsors revealed so far for Denver and St. Paul -- the host committees do not have to disclose donors or how much they raise until 60 days after the convention -- are veterans of Washington's money-for-influence game.

Click the image at right for an interactive look at how they have contributed more than $180 million to federal campaigns since 2005.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 3, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
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Thanks (curious timing though DURING the Republican Convention only). I can't "click the image at right for an interactive look" on my iPhone.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

To Jake D:

Umm, yeah, they did, since this article wasn't just about republicans -- see the reference to Denver? It is about both parties and the corporate influence on both.

Posted by: alharkansas | September 3, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic, did the WaPo do a similar expose' on Dem Convention sponsors. At least McCain didn't renege on his agreement re: public financing.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse


Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic uncovered a shocking detail about Sarah Palin (one of the now many shocking details link :, in which she sat in a meeting at the Wasilla Bible Church.

VIDEO HERE of the "Jerusalem Dilemma":

The meeting was headed by David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, and here's what he said:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

John McCain now has a serious Jewish problem, thanks to Sarah Palin's extremist creationist views, which may cost him Florida, and several other states when these views, supported by Sarah Palin, become very well known.

Sarah Palin is no friend to the Jewish community, and neither is John McCain, in having picked this Dominionist as his Vice-President.

Edit: Here's the audio of the sermon at Wasilla Bible Church. link:

Here's some of the transcript from Brickner's speech (Click on that link and save the transcript because it'll be soon gone when they scrub this site):

And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.

And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience...and will soon experience...that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews... Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, "Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you." And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’

And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.


Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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