Friday, June 19, 2009

Who does Cato donate to? Not libertarians!

As we've reported in the past, employees of the "libertarian" Cato Institute have a long history of making large political donations to candidates for office. Unfortunately none of their favored candidates are particularly libertarian. Most are pro-war big spending "neo-conservative" Republicans in the model of George W. Bush. The latest reports are no exception.

Before we get to those donors though, an important caveat. Tom G. Palmer believes that it is an intrusion on personal "privacy" to post public campaign finance records that display his friends in an unflattering light. Since we all know that the creepy crypto-fascist Rudolph Giuliani is such a defender of liberty and libertarian ideals, this one's for you, Tom!

DONOR/EMPLOYER/DATE/AMOUNT/RECIPIENT:

LAMPO, DAVID - CATO INSTITUTE/PUBLICATIONS SPECIAL - 8/13/08 - $250 - John McCain

LEVY, ROBERT - CATO INSTITUTE/SR. FELLOW - 7/1/08 - $5,000 - Club for Growth

REYNOLDS, ALAN - CATO INSTITUTE/ECONOMIST - 8/30/08 - $500 - John McCain

REYNOLDS, ALAN - CATO INSTITUTE/ECONOMIST -1/15/08 - $250 - Rudolph W. Giuliani

WARD, GAYLLIS - CATO INSTITUTE - 12/11/07 - $500 - Mike Huckabee

And lest we forget our friends at Reason,

POOLE, ROBERT - REASON FOUNDATION/FOUNDER - 11/24/08 - Saxby Chambliss