Two Political Parties For The Prices Of $1,188,644,055

Tyler Durden's picture

The next time someone tells you that political party X is not entirely purchased by Wall Street, specifically Goldman, Merrill (aka Bank of Countrywide Lynch) and Morgan Stanley, or that Barack Obama is not the most "gifted" politician in history, show them the following infographic...

Courtesy of John Lohman

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Mugatu's picture

$1.18 Billion sure doesn't buy what it used to!

I invented the piano key necktie bitchez!  


Wooly's picture

Dunno about that... it bought your "democracy", your "freedom" and any lingering chance of the "American dream".

Not a bad price for all that really, eh?

slewie the pi-rat's picture

maybe he wants royalties on the piano key chartporn w/ a side-order of pi(e) graphs

i thought billie joel invented the piano key tie! 

here he is doing his best stephen colbert impression:  Billy Joel LIVE- Only The Good Die Young - YouTube

redpill's picture

ZH! Stop one second and let's consider something.

We may have just discovered the purest indication of inflation the world has ever known. Econoheads babble about CPI and other vague indicators. Meanless, manipulated propaganda. Gas prices? Food prices? Indicative to be sure, but still volatile.

What really tells us the impact of inflation?

Ladies and Gentlemen (or shall I say Baby Blythe and Gentlemen), I give you the GoldmanSucks Bribery Index!

The true measure of inflation is how much Goldman contributes to each successive election. Obama has already received 20% more than Bush through only one term, a big portion of which is undoubtedly from Goldman. Which means it's really a 40% gain if you calculate the second-term-that-will-probably-not-happen for Obama. 40% divided by 8 is 5%, probably pretty accurate.

Harlequin001's picture

Hmm, funny that I detect a lot of banks in there...

and didn't Dodd do something about regulating all these banks that are giving him rather a lot of money?

Hmm, I can see now why he did such a good job, and why so many of these too-big-to-fails have now been taken down already.

There is only one cure...

SpeakerFTD's picture

Pretty crappy ROI for those Lehman and Bear employees.

comrade pravda's picture

See Geraldo Rivera flee chants of "Fox News Lies"

Sanitized Media.  We don't need it.

FatFingered's picture

The CME gave the prostiticians $1.71 MM.  They make margin rules up freely, randomly, and obviously to the government and the big banks favor on the exchanges!  What a racket!

Why would anyone want to use the Comex after seeing this and watching their criminal smash down of silver via opportune margin hikes as of late?

sqz's picture

Ah, USA, land of "freedom" - political capture at its finest!

Democracy = one person, one vote. Capitalism = one dollar, one vote.

Not a good idea to allow the two mix at the same point ...

johnQpublic's picture

put the whole charade up on ebay , and make 'em wear nascar style suits with their sponsors/purchasers names emblazened on them

narapoiddyslexia's picture

Who is John Lohman, the creator of the graphic? His graphics have been used several times on ZH, with never a link.

DLab's picture

Excellent question. I'm a long time lurker and love the site, but I question where these stats come from.

We always question the BLS statistics (rightfully so,) shouldn't be question these too?

11b40's picture

Tell that to the lying lackeys on our Supreme Court.  Money ='s speech, doncha' know.  Corporations = people.

Here is the concept we should promote:  If you are not a registered voter, you are not allowed to make a contribution to a campaign.  Period.  No 'in kind' contributions from ANY special interest group.  After all, "special" interests are by definition concerned only for their interests and AGAINST the "general" interests.

No corporations, no unions, no PACs.

Then, EVERYTHING changes.

Kobe Beef's picture

Agreed. And if that doesn't work, burn Washington D.C. to the ground.

Michael's picture

You want to see what it looks like when massive economic bubbles bursts?

"DRACONID METEOR BALLOON: During the peak of the Draconid meteor shower on Oct. 8th, a group of students in Bishop, California, flew a helium balloon to the stratosphere to try to record some Draconid fireballs in the darkness at high-altitude. Five cameras recorded more than 50 GB of data, which the team is sifting through now for evidence of meteors. While we're waiting for the meteor count, the team offers this video of the balloon popping about 100,000 feet above Earth:"

Michael's picture

The entire business model of Washington D.C. has to change.

Vote Ron Paul,

There is no other choice.

Michael's picture

Trichet is currently speaking directly to the higher ups in his banking cartel structure. It is quite fascinating to watch and listen to.

Michael's picture

Never thought I'd read a sane article and comment section from Huffington Post, I guess there's a first time for everything.

"If you thought President Obama's expressions of sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement meant he was suddenly going to stand up for "the 99%," think again. Obama has just submitted to Congress the Chamber of Commerce-backed Colombia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements. And now, thanks to maneuvering by Obama and his business-friendly Chief of Staff William Daley and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, they're on an accelerated schedule in Congress. According to a report in The Hill, they will be voted on Wednesday, where they're expected to pass.

Obama's move is a brazen display of contempt for the Occupy Wall Street movement's calls for jobs, economic, and environmental justice as well as human rights. These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta of progressive punching: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment that these disparate movements are finally finding solidarity and support in the streets."

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

spdrdr's picture

Question for persons who regularly jump out of perfectly serviceable aircraft:

"The apex of your parachute shouldn't be pointing downwards, should it?"

Awesome video!


Econmike's picture

Assuming they assign a high utility to not having the pleasure of being assraped at Leavenworth, I'd say that those employees did pretty well with their investment, actually.


Bullframe's picture

Obama will lead the way.
Yes We Sachs.

Mugatu's picture

My response to anyone else falsely claiming that they created the Piano Key Necktie: . 

Uncle Remus's picture

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

Akrunner907's picture

They ought to hand out that flier at the Occupy Wall Street event and see how the protesters react.

RockyRacoon's picture

Don't think that ZH is not being read and passed around amongst the participants!  Does that explain the surge in 4S sales?  Oh, wait, these folks are broke.   Just another brick in the wall.

SGS's picture

TALK ABOUT THE INFLATION! I thought the bar graph were the amount of sub prime loans handed out in those years!  lol

James-Morrison's picture



I woke up this morning and got myself a beer,

The future's uncertain and the end is always near…



jeff montanye's picture

ghosts crowd the young child's fragile egg shell mind -- blood will be born in the birth of a nation.

DormRoom's picture

well wallstreet is efficient.  1B over 20 years for 12 trillion in bailouts over the last 3.  That's good ROI.

Zero Debt's picture

Just wait until the politicians find out that they have been packaged in tranches (prime, sub prime) and sold to investors around the world

Bananamerican's picture

"$1.18 Billion sure doesn't buy what it used to!"

It doesn't buy WHO it used to either...

redpill's picture

Speaking of which, I'm just shocked Ron Paul isn't on their list of big recipients.  I mean he's been in office for so long!  I wonder why they wouldn't contribute to him?

Jack Napier's picture

His family is in the wrong secret society, the Order of the Eastern Star. They just get the perks. Only Bonesmen, CFR, and Trilats get the contributions. Besides, he's suckered all the supposedly awakened people into donating so he doesn't need it.

faustian bargain's picture

Right, he's got soo much money to play with compared to the others. Not.

UBIGDummy's picture

Well, with Ron's 8 million dollar haul from 100,000 individual donors vs Perry is 17 mil from 20,000.  Ron sure knocked perry's teeth out and hence his spiral downfall.  Ron has no where to go but up. 

Just shows money isn't everything but how efficiently you use it.  BANG 4 DA BUCK!


FatFingered's picture

Although I am quite sure that Ron Paul's numbers are high, his money did not come from any Corporation's employees, families, and friends.  His money came in small amounts from grassroots people.  I think I saw recetly that he has roughly 10 times as many donors as Romney for the same amount.

11b40's picture

Yes.  More donors, rising in the polls, and he still can't get mentioned on TV.

Not an hour ago, I was watching some poll result that showed him in 3rd place.  They go down the list and talk about #1, #2, then skip #3 and go right to #4.  It's like he is invisible and they are afraid to mention his name.  It really is becoming humerous, and it's likely to backfire.  the more they do this, the more obvious it becomes.

This was almost 2 months ago, but nothing has changed.

saiybat's picture

It's deplorable that the costs of bribing our elected representatives keeps getting higher and higher. I have a modest proposal that we should outsource the jobs of politicians to China with free trade deals. Just think of the wasted money that goes to meaningless campaigns when Chang could work around the clock in a sweat committee for a fraction of the cost. It'd put the current politicians in the bread lines but it is free market and everybody likes free market.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes, a real rogues gallery, both donors and recipients.

Zero Debt's picture

And WTF is a market place such as CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) doing on this list?

What agenda does CME have? And is that agenda in the best interest of market participants and the public at large?

They made $7.9M in contributions and most of it is from their PAC, which is proportionally larger than for any other top contributor. It makes just as much sense as having a stock exchange such as NYSE or LSE as a political contributor. Somebody ought to check this further....

Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

Money makes the world go round *manic laughter*

Au_Ag_CuPbCu's picture

F**k!  Let this whole thing cave in on Odumber's watch...

Two Towers AU AG's picture

Tyler Durden for President 2012.

Vote on the green button if you agree.. also spread the word.

Troll Magnet's picture

sorry. i'm voting for ron paul.

dumbfounded's picture

Yup probably the next best guy to TD. Someone needs to get word out to the occupy wallstreet guys that Ron Paul is probably the only shot they have at near term change. Alas the chart above also suggests that RP would need an overwhelming push from the grass roots to get through the primaries against TPTB, and he'd need it soon ! 

SilverIsKing's picture

I don't think OWS and RP are on the same page on most issues.  A few, yes, but most, no.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

That would be my thinking as well.  But, I have NOT been to one of the demonstrations, and I hear conflicting things...