28 February 2012

Military contributions to presidential candidates

Discussed at Mother Jones:
The lion's share of political contributions by servicemembers and defense industry workers is going to anti-war, "soft on Israel," also-ran candidate Ron Paul. In fact, the battle for their dollars isn't even close: Paul has raised at least $282,868 from individual active-duty servicemembers and Pentagon employees—more than four times what the other three Republican presidential candidates have raised, combined...

Soldiers tend to see Paul as understanding the pressures they face better than the other candidates because he's the only one in the group who served in uniform, as a flight surgeon in the Air Force and Air National Guard during the Vietnam era...

Meanwhile, Paul's support from defense contractor employees—who donated more than $177,000 to him in 2011—has outpaced that of his competitors... That may seem downright counterintuitive. 
There's further discussion at the link, where a second graph showing contribution per service sector has a visually inverted legend.

1 comment:

  1. The total amounts are so small, I suspect it represents the Ron Paul supporters filling out the employer section of the donation forms that many leave blank. I remember back in 2008 someone looked at the forms for McCain and Paul after Paul made the same claims... back then, nearly every donation to Paul, all but maybe $100 bucks worth, had the employer field filled in while there was over $2 million worth of donations to McCain with the employer field not filled in. I like a lot of what Paul has to say, but his support in the military just isn't as broad as the chart shows... it's another of his supporters' creative types of poll manipulation.


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