Just a thought as I was reading some information today about Monsanto.
First some numbers: 2011 Net Sales = $11-8 Billion
404 Facilities in 66 Countries on 6 Continents
282 Million Acres Globally covered with their products
40% of U.S. crop
$829,662 for Political Campaign Contributions 2000-2012
$62,356.730 For Lobbying form 2000-2012
I noticed that for the net sales in only one year (2011) of $11+ billion and putting aside facilities, acres covered and crops, that their PC contributions and the money spent on Lobbying seems to be quite miniscule.
Take the 13 total years of political campaign contributions and lobbying money and dividing it by an average yearly amount comes to: $63,820 for PC Contributions and $4,796,671 per year average for Lobbying.
That’s an amount, which subjected to average numbers per year, may or may not reflect what was spent in 2011 but it’s all the data I have here.
And to me the numbers just don’t add up when you realize how much actual influence Monsanto seems to have when it comes to GMO labeling, EPA regualtions that have been relaxed and how hard it is to make public accurate information on the products that are now, and have been in the past, damaging to our people, land and water.
Do you see what I see?
It seems a mealsy amount of influence pedaling to me when compared to 2011 net sales. There must be some other way they have to assure their dominance in a field where there is “competition” from Dow Chemical, Bayer Chemical Division and a host of other small companies.
I am going to offer an opinion here about how hard it is to get their attention and some answers about the products that they dispense with so much impunity.
Enter SCOTUS judge Clarance Thomas.
He was confirmed in 1990 after a tenous hearing process where it surfaced that he may have sexually harassed Anita Hill. In Hill’s words, from the confirmation hearings, Hill was called to testify at Thomas’s confirmation hearings. She testified that Thomas had subjected her to comments of a sexual nature, which she felt constituted sexual harassment or at least “behavior that is unbefitting an individual who will be a member of the Court.” Then he was approved anyway.
Before becoming a Supreme Court Judge he also served as an attorney for Monsanto in 1976-? and then he joined the Reagan Administration in 1981 as the administrator of the U.S.Department of Education, but that is beside the point.
The main point is that it appears to me, that along with his other 4 conservative cronies of the SCOTUS, that they may have been doing some legislative favors for Monsanto. With Thomas’ connection to that company I’m sure he still remains in contact with, and is even friends with some of the board members and executives. Hard to disappoint old friends…………..
I have no proof of any wrongdoing but the connection is and has been scrutinized for many years.
I just thought that maybe it was time to bring it all up again.
I believe that it’s time for another 8 years of the Democratic Party in the White House and in all state governorships too. It’s way past time the pendulum swung the other way as the conservatives are too willing to bend to the wishes of comapnies like Monsanto and other big business organizations.
The next approved SCOTUS members MUST be liberal as we can see that this conservative court cannot act according to our constitution and the will of the majority of Americans.