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What did wealthy Democratic donors feel about Franken? [View all]

Who has been annoyed at Franken?
Telecoms?
November 8th
Franken Calls for Big Tech Algorithms to Be More Transparent

Franken ďdelivered a speech to the group in which he compared the power of the big tech platforms to that of internet-service providers, or ISPís, to "pick and choose which content reaches consumers and which doesnít." Franken supported a rule change designed to deny the ISPís such control. "Facebook, Google and Amazon, like ISPís, should be neutral in their treatment of the flow of lawful information and commerce on their platforms," he said.Ē
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-08/franken-calls-for-big-tech-algorithms-to-be-more-transparent

Billionaires?
Al Franken Drops A Truth Bomb And Calls The GOP Health Care Bill A Tax Cut For Billionaires
By Jason Easley on Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is calling the Republican health care bill what it really is. Franken described the bill as a thinly disguised tax cut for billionaires.
http://www.politicususa.com/2017/06/22/al-franken-republicans-wont-health-care-bill-thinly-disguised-tax-cut-billionaires.html

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Franken Renews Push for Wealthiest Americans to Pay their Fair Share in Taxes
Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of his colleagues in reintroducing key tax fairness legislationócommonly known as the "Buffett Rule"óto require that America's top earners pay their fair share of taxes just like middle-class Minnesotans.

The Paying a Fair Share Act would ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay at least a 30 percent effective federal tax rate, which means they can't pay a lower rate than what middle-class Minnesotans pay. The legislation, often called the "Buffett Rule," was put forth after billionaire investor Warren Buffett realized that he paid a lower tax rate than his secretary.

Banks?
Franken Fights Back against Big Banks & Corporate Special Interests That Want to Limit Consumer Justice

Says Congressional Attempt to Roll Back CFPB Arbitration Rule is Great News for Wall Street Billionaires, Bad News for Minnesota Families and the American Consumer

Climate deniers?
Al Frankenís devastating strategy for taking on Trumpís team of climate science deniers
Knowledge of climate science plus mastery of storytelling is a rare combination.
https://thinkprogress.org/al-franken-strategy-for-trump-climate-deniers-fd9a6502f9cb/

Alís ďmastery of storytellingĒ makes him a great communicator on a lot of issues, by the way.

So, who has a lot of influence over leaders of our own party? Even more than voters..
One such person has done great things for Democratic causes, donating $1 M to Hillaryís campaign, and $100,000 to Kamala Harris (who I think is a great addition even though Iím disappointed with her over the Franken issue), clearly wants democrats to win but clearly does not appreciate those who talk about the billionaires. I was watching the interview when he said it, and was intrigued by how much bitterness or anger he displayed toward statements of economic class in the Democratic Party.
On November 7, 2017 Cloobeck appeared on MSNBC and said he told Democratic leaders he would "cut your money off" if they criticize the wealthy, saying: "Iíve talked to Schumer, Iíve talked to [Dem. Senator Ron] Wyden [Oregon], Iíve talked to [House minority leader] Pelosi and Iíve said if you use the term 'billionaire' again, Iím done. We should be a party of business".
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Cloobeck

Cloobeck wants to run for governor of Nevada. Great, I hope he succeeds. But if you want to look for why some Dems were willing to throw Al under the bus (while justifying it on the basis of larger strategic objectives or standing up for some ill-considered zero tolerance policy), donít overlook the influence of a man who can afford to throw $1M at a presidential campaign. I have a feeling there might be a connection. He doesnít have to whisper in the ears of every one of them, just one or two. Letting Al go might have been a popular move (with Cloobeck or other wealthy donors). How painful it is for congress members to raise campaign funds every day, versus getting the promise of major funds from one very wealthy and very motivated donor.

The guy seems sincere in his centrist patriotic fervor, but the outsized influence of a man like him can make certain words verboten from our elected leaders. (And yes, I know Warren also uses these words all the time. So what?)

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