This week, an amendment proposed by Sen. Sanders would have encouraged the Federal Government to encourage ordinary Americans to buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada.
The amendment was defeated 52 to 46, with 2 Senators abstaining. 13 Republican Senators voted for the amendment, and 13 Democrats voted against it, including Cory Booker (D-NJ), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).
Regardless of the merits of this specific amendment, which would allow Americans to buy inexpensive drugs, this is indicative of a larger problem. We will look at Cory Booker as an example. Cory Booker has received $267,338 from Pharmaceutical Companies, far more than any other Democratic Senator. This may be why he voted against the amendment. This is only one example out of dozens. Senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from the fossil fuel industry and in exchange often vote against climate change legislation.
The Democratic Party cannot claim to be fighting for the rights of ordinary Americans while simultaneously pocketing the money of big businesses. This is hypocritical, and it is wrong. It will discredit the Democratic Leadership in the eyes of the populace, and goes against everything that the Democratic Party stands for.
I am not arguing that Democrats should fundraise less, however the concern comes from when this money makes members of Congress vote against legislation that would adversely affect the source of the money. It is clear that in this day and age, the Democratic Party should look more towards ordinary people for small donations, and not to big business for obscenely large amounts of money.
It is clear that the leaders of the Democratic Party which millions look up to must be transparent and honest about the sources of income that they receive. Until the Democratic Party addresses this blatant hypocrisy, the Democratic Leadership cannot truly claim to represent the rights of ordinary people.