Earlier, I discussed the return by Chris Dodd of his AIG campaign contributions, which recently had amounted to over $100,000. CNSnews is reporting that the return of AIG contributions is only now starting to pick up, after Republican Mike Pence started a campaign for full refunding.
Among the individuals implicated are:
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), $103,100; (Some more on Chris here)
then-Senator, now President Barack Obama(D-Ill.), $101,332;
then-Senator, now Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.), $19,975;
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), $59,499;
former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), $35,965;
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), $11,000; and
Sen. Max Baucus, (D-MT), $24,750.
Some more thoughts from Pence:
“During that period of time when these companies were imploding and coming to the American people and asking for funds -- I think political contributions coming during that time to Senator Dodd or others certainly bears further examination,” Pence told CNSNews.com.
“I would certainly turn a critical eye towards any contribution that was received from the time that the financial crisis and the desire for government money came to my knowledge,” said Pence when asked him if he would return AIG workers’ contributions if he had received them.
“If I were to find that organizations that were looking to the Treasury to bailout their bad decisions were making contributions to my campaign, I would certainly strongly consider returning those funds,” said Pence.
Zero Hedge has voiced its approval of full disclosure and anticipates a full refund of any contributions received from not only AIG but all other recipients (and their principals) of taxpayer capital (which is virtually all of Wall Street).