Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) is up for re-election, and the campaign against him is big. But the campaign is not comprised of private American citizens; it is comprised of Wall Street banks, major insurance companies, and drug manufacturers. These enormous special interests groups see Senator Brown as a threat to their businesses, and they are doing whatever it takes to keep him from continuing his crusade against them.
The most visible threat is posed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a front for corporations that many people seem to think is a part of the U.S. government. Well, it may as well be these days – so many of the Chamber’s donors support the campaigns of puppet politicians that it seems to be an official fundraiser. The link above shows some of the largest donors to the Chamber – Merck, Citigroup, and Microsoft.
Why is Senator Brown such a prime target for these entities? Mr. Brown is attempting to do exactly what the majority of Americans want – return jobs to the U.S., secure healthcare coverage for citizens, and reduce the stranglehold that major corporations have on the economy as a whole. The idea of losing power scares the hell out of these companies’ leaders, and for that Sherrod Brown is their enemy- which makes him a good friend of ours.