Friday, March 06, 2009

Republican CEO Says "Yes" To Socialism

Limbaugh won't be happy when he hears this. The CEO of a construction company awarded the first recovery project from the stimulus package is a big Republican donor. (h/t HuffPo and ProPublica)
The selection of the company, American Infrastructure, was announced by Obama at a news conference highlighting how stimulus money was helping transportation projects. The $2.1 million road resurfacing project in Silver Spring, Md., will support 60 jobs and be completed by late fall, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said.

In 2008, the company's chief executive, A. Ross Myers, gave $25,000 to McCain Victory 2008 and $20,400 to the Republican National Committee, according to Federal Election Commission records. He has donated thousands of dollars each to Rudolph Giuliani's presidential campaign, RNC chairman Michael Steele's Senate campaign and Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Myers was one of the top donors to Lynn Swann, a Republican who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, according to Pennsylvania campaign finance records. Democrat Rendell was often mentioned as a potential Obama pick for transportation secretary, and his deputy chief of staff was appointed undersecretary for transportation policy this week.
But, but...I thought Republicans didn't want any part of this socialism stimulus package?

It is all about the jobs, and this money will allow the company to call 60 employees back to work (they've had to lay off 350 people), but I love how they rant against spending money while putting their hands out to grab it. What hypocrites.

One more thing, I hope someone keeps an eye on American Infrastructure to make sure every last cent gets spent on employees wages and material. I don't want Myers donating any taxpayer dollars from the stimulus package to Republicans - and I especially don't want him pocketing any of the money.

7 comments:

K. said...

Republicans hypocrites? Perish the thought...

K. said...

I just took a look at recovery.gov. Starting July 15, recipients of stimulus money are required to report on how they are using it. So you can check up on these guys starting then.

abi said...

To a conservative, socialism is like pornography. It's only shameful when someone else indulges in it. And it looks like red-staters just love their porn.

Kathy said...

K, thanks for reminding me about that site. I'll be curious to see how detail oriented the reports will be.

Abi, that is too funny, but not really surprising. They're great at talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

K. said...

Kathy, if you have anything to add to my post today about the Employee Free Choice Act, I would appreciate it.

Kathy said...

K, already done! I recommend other readers click the link and read his post too. He does an excellent job of explaining the "reality" behind EFCA.

K. said...

Thanks, and thanks for your excellent comment. Any time I hear conservatives or the CoC or business in general get weepy about worker rights, my B. S. detector hits Defcon 5 within seconds.

All The President's Men still has the best advice any time the right and wrong of an issue seems confused: Follow the money. 99.999999% of the time, you can take a rational position based on where the money is coming from.