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24 January 2012

For Congressman Hank Johnson, Hypocrisy & Corporate Cash Goes a Long Way

Last week, Congressman Hank Johnson (D - Georgia) issued a press release decrying "corporate spending to influence the outcome of elections – local, state and federal – throughout America."

"Powerful special interests and their lobbyists should not be able to drown out the voices of the American people and sell our Democracy to the highest bidder," Rep. Johnson said in the news release. "That is why I cosponsored H.J. Res 90, the OCCUPIED Amendment: Outlawing Corporate Campaign Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy, which would return campaign finance regulation to the government and outlaw corporation campaign spending."

It is interesting to note, however, that a cursory review of Congressman Johnson's campaign finance disclosures shows contributions from the same corporations he's railing against.

The October 15, 2011 FEC report filed by the Committee to Re-elect Henry "Hank" Johnson details corporate campaign cash received from AFLAC, Bank of America, Comcast, Delta Air Lines, General Electric, and Universal Music Group just to name a few.

If Rep. Hank Johnson is serious about, as he says, "outlawing corporation campaign spending," will he refuse further corporate campaign contributions? Will Rep. Johnson also donate the money he's received from corporations during his congressional career to charity?

Should the Rep. Johnson's answer no to those two questions, the Congressman from the 4th district of Georgia will have proven himself to be yet another typical politician who says one thing but does another.