Did you know that $200,000 will buy enough toiletries and other basic necessities to fill 10,000 shoeboxes? You can buy 4,000 sets of school clothes for 200 grand, or roughly 2,500 room nights at an inexpensive motel. For the people who were washed out of their homes by the recent flooding, (the Red Cross estimates over 2,000) toiletries and school clothes and a place to sleep are a Godsend.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are doing their part, but contributions are down. Just think what the Salvation Army or the Red Cross or local churches could do with $200,000. How many hot meals could they serve to people with no home and no flood insurance?
I don’t have $200,000. However, Saxby Chambliss does.
He has a Political Action Committee that collects money from corporations and rich people and then distributes it to candidates. A lot of Senators and Representatives — Democrat and Republican — have these things. They’re all legal. And keep in mind, there is no limit to what the PAC can raise and no real restrictions on how the money can be spent.
Senator Chambliss raised approximately $400,000 for his PAC to give to candidates. The candidates got about $200,000. The other $200,000 was used for golf outings at places like The Greenbriar and for junkets to snazzy resorts. When he was asked by a network reporter about the spending practices of the PAC, Senator Chambliss just smiled and hurried through the door of an expensive steakhouse in Washington.
Maybe I’m naïve, but it is incomprehensible to me that Saxby Chambliss would be springing for golf outings while his constituents have lost everything and need all the help they can get. I don’t know how he lives with himself.