[TAG] Issue #106
jimregan at o2.ie
Tue Sep 21 05:11:10 MSD 2004
John Karns wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Sep 2004, Benjamin A. Okopnik so eloquently said:
>> Conversely, "Governor, we're planning on giving $500,000 to your
>> favorite charity. Sure, it's a tax write-off for us, but we still get to
> ... and his favorite charity no doubt is his campaign fund ... or his
> family trust fund. :^>
Not necessarily - a lot of charity money comes from these sorts of
deals. Government types like to associate themselves with charities,
because it earns them brownie points with voters. The more their charity
gets from their involvement, the better their reputation looks.
It's also a great way for the rich to network - companies with cash to
spare might not need a friendly senator now, but they know they probably
will at some stage; a senator might not need to know where to find a
large sum of money now, etc.
It's all based in the simple psychology behind making friends; if you
act in a friendly way towards someone, they will think favourably of
you. Where you or I might buy someone a drink or take them to dinner in
order to get to know someone, the mega rich throw a large sum of money
at that person's favourite charity - it's the same gesture, but
translated in terms of bank balance.
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