As a report issued by the U.S. Census bureau this week shows, only the top income bracket in the United States saw its average income rise last year: everybody else’s income in the United States went down. It’s the poor and the middle class who are struggling; America’s rich are doing just fine and even improving their situation in the midst of an economic recession. Despite this, U.S. Representative Jason Altmire demanded a tax cut this week for the very richest of Americans.
Why would Jason Altmire seek tax breaks for the only people in this economy who are already better off? Because those are the same people financing Altmire’s campaign. FEC records show that for his 2010 congressional campaign, Jason Altmire has received $427,443 from 487 contributions by corporate owners and executives. Altmire has received a further 68 contributions summing to $33,486 from corporate lobbyists working for these owners and executives. On top of this, Altmire has received 459 contributions from corporate political action committees controlled by these owners and executives, adding up to $611,989 in cash for his campaign.
All together, Jason Altmire has received a majority of his campaign contributions by number (1014) and by dollar amount ($1,072,918) from corporate owners, corporate executives, and the the people and PACs controlled by them.
You want to know why Jason Altmire supports a big tax cut for the rich? It’s what his constituents want.