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Ron Paul Receiving More Military Contributions Than Barack Obama

Outside the Beltway reported that Republican candidate Ron Paul has received more campaign contributions from military personnel than any other presidential candidate. Paul has received $63,440 in donations from retired and currently serving military personnel, and Democrat Barack Obama got $53,968, during the period from January through September 2008.

Open Secrets.org has a list of Ron Paul’s top donor organizations. The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force are among the top 6. These donations do not come from the organizations themselves, but rather from individuals in these organization or PAC groups with members in these organizations.

Also see: Military Personnel Give Anti-War Candidates Biggest Campaign Donations

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Send Message to Congress to Support the Constitution

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On October 15, 2007, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 (H.R. 3835). This important piece of legislation would reverse many of the Constitutional abuses that have occurred over the past six years.

In the name of the “war on terror,” the Bush Administration and Congress have repeatedly abandoned Constitutional principles at the expense of civil liberties and human rights. If we allow this to continue, we may end up living in a nation that reflects the worst nightmare of our Founders. They designed the Constitution specifically to protect our rights against a tyrannical government. Even in times of crisis, we must be true to their vision.

Please take action by sending an e-mail urging your U.S representative to co-sponsor this legislation. The pre-written e-mail includes a short description of the bill, along with a reminder about the fact that all members of Congress take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution.”

Follow the link to take action:

Democracy in Action.org

Thanks so much for joining me in this effort.

Military says ‘Best Option. . . Leave Iraq Immediately’

Twelve former army captains wrote a letter yesterday calling for the U.S. to leave Iraq. They described what they saw in Iraq as “widespread corruption and sectarian division,” and explained that conditions on the ground were “deplorable.”

The army captains proclaimed that “the U.S. military has been trying in vain to hold the country together,” and noted that there are not enough troops to “meet the professed goals.”

The captains then concluded the letter with this recommendation:

“There is one way we might be able to succeed in Iraq. To continue an operation of this intensity and duration, we would have to abandon our volunteer military for compulsory service. Short of that, our best option is to leave Iraq immediately. A scaled withdrawal will not prevent a civil war, and it will spend more blood and treasure on a losing proposition.”

It should come as little surprise then that the only Republican candidate that is getting a significant amount of financial support from the troops is Ron Paul, the anti-war candidate. Recent numbers show that Ron Paul has received more campaign contributions from individuals employed by the military than any other Republican candidate, by a wide margin.

Its also interesting that Hillary Clinton is receiving the majority of the contributions from people employed by defense companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon and General Dynamics—companies who will profit from continued war. Are they betting on the fact that Hillary will keep us in Iraq?