73 Percent Of Americans Want Congress To Return Campaign Bonuses Received From AIG

As President Barack Obama and Senator Chris Dodd (D CT) continue to point fingers over which one of them is to blame for the stimulus bill's "Dodd Amendment," which specifically excludes bonuses from caps on executive pay, one thing is

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As President Barack Obama and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) continue to point fingers over which one of them is to blame for the stimulus bill’s “Dodd Amendment,” which specifically excludes bonuses from caps on executive pay, one thing is clear: both Obama and Dodd profited from AIG campaign “bonuses” and an overwhelming majority of Americans want them to give this money back.

According to a breaking poll conducted by The O’Leary Report and Zogby International, 73% of Americans think any members of Congress who received campaign contributions from AIG over the last two years should return the money.

This might go double for President Obama and Senator Dodd, who were by far the largest recipients of AIG campaign cash in the last election cycle. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama received $104,332 from AIG and Dodd raked in $103,900.

Obama and Dodd far outpaced the rest of Congress, as the next largest beneficiary received about $45,000 less than each of them. All told, AIG gave a total of $644,218 to federal candidates over the last election cycle.

The O’Leary Report/Zogby poll, which was conducted 20-23 March and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.5 percentage points, asked 4,523 likely voters: “Should members of Congress who received campaign donations over the past two years from the troubled financial giant AIG return the contributions?”

73% respondents say “yes,” these members of Congress should return their AIG bonuses. Among self-described Democrats, 61% say yes, as do 83% of Republicans and 78% of Independents.

Congress may be undecided on how best to recoup AIG’s taxpayer-funded bonuses, however, a clear majority of American voters want members of Congress to return the campaign bonuses they received from AIG.

L.D.

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