|Halliburton earned $18 billion from no-bid reconstruction contracts in Iraq.|
U.S. officials mandated that not a single penny of these profits need to be reinvested in Iraq.
85% of Halliburtonâ€™s 2003-04 campaign contributions went to Republicans.
As of Oct. 27, 2004, there were 1,249 coalition deaths in Iraq. 1,109 of those were Americans.
Exactly what did those soldiers die for?
President Bush and Vice President Cheney have invited corporations like Halliburton to help determine the direction of this nationâ€™s domestic and foreign policy. Dick Cheney has refused to release the names of participants in closed-door meetings with corporate executives that may have helped formulate policy that influenced the Presidentâ€™s decision to go to war in Iraq.
Halliburton is the largest beneficiary of Iraq reconstruction profits. According to the Financial Times, Halliburtonâ€™s profits in the first quarter of 2004 increased 80% over the same quarter in 2003, reflecting â€œsteep profits from the Iraq operations.â€ Other companies, like Bechtel, saw a 150% increase in profits and ChevronTexaco, which has a contract to market Iraqi oil saw profits rise by 90%.
Meanwhile, back in Washington D.C., 85% of Halliburtonâ€™s $165,949 2003-04 campaign contributions went to Republicans, thus completing the circular money trail that began when Dick Cheney was Halliburtonâ€™s CEO and continues unabated through this election cycle. For 2003-04, 83% of ChevronTexacoâ€™s $367,731 went to Republicans and â€œLockheed, whose contribution total of $1,397,132 is more than the contributions of the other three corporations combined, gave 59% to Republicans, and Bechtel, 53% of $199,847.â€*
We donâ€™t have billion dollar budgets to buy our way into the White House and the Republican Congress, but we do have the power to vote. Letâ€™s stop the Republicansâ€™ lucrative revolving door approach to government that connects corporate boardrooms to congressional chambers and the back rooms of the White House.
On November 2, vote to stop corporate influence on government policy. Vote to restore integrity, credibility and accountability to the political process in America. Vote for John Kerry, John Edwards and a Democratic Congress.
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