The Guardian (I stress, again, NOT a US newspaper) just published a quite insightful article concerning the connection between US Congress members and their rebuke of democracy by relegating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to a fast track passage.
Here are some interesting statistics the article shares:
Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate:
Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.
The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.
I’ve mentioned before that the TPP will solidify America’s path to third world status and as The Guardian points out corporations are doing their damndest to make sure it becomes a reality. We voters and consumers need to press back and let them know our constitution and democracy matter to us more than their profits.
Please take a moment to write a letter to your Senators and your State Representatives imploring them to bring the TPP to the congress for a full democratic vetting and vote. Our democracy depends on it.