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PAC Money 1997-98 election cycle

PAC Money 1999 election cycle

Presidential Hopefuls $$$

Top 10 Senate Recipients of $$$

Top 10 House Recipients of $$$

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  • Sen. John McCain (AZ)- McCain's support is unwavering. Here is, in his shameless  words,  "I am proud to have been an original co-sponsor of this bill, which would raise the temporary visa cap for skilled foreign  workers." "I say that we should eliminate these artificial [H-1B] limits altogether." He voted against an amendment that would have prohibited U.S. firms from using  H-1Bs to replace Americans.

  • George W. Bush - Announced that he supports H-1B. As of 9/15/99 Bush had received $380,000 from computer industry executives. He said that the US needs to import more PhDscientists.

  • Sen. Spencer Abraham (MI)- This comment is so boneheaded I will just quote him "the increase [in H-1B usage] proves there is a shortage of high-tech workers" Spencer receives huge campaign contributions from high-tech  companies.  He is one of the chief wagdogs of H-1B. Abraham voted against an amendment that would have prohibited U.S.  firms from using H-1Bs to replace Americans. He must be blinded by the money.

  • Sen. Trent Lott (MS)- Lott is very distressed that F.A.I.R. and the Coalition For the Future American Worker has attacked Abraham for wanting to double the H-1B quota. He said this to defend his buddy: "Here is a guy that is being maligned maliciously and unfairly and we can't let that stand. . "I urged them to make sure the truth was told, and what a good guy Spence is and what good work he has done."

  • Sen. Phil Gramm (TX)- He is pushing to raise the H-1B limits to over 200,000 per year.

  • Steve Forbes - He described the INS as one of the ``worst-run agencies of the Clinton-Gore administration,'' contending it has released illegal immigrant felons into the country instead of deporting them. Forbes also said the cap on visas for skilled, foreign-born workers should be increased to help companies faced with staffing shortages. Does Forbes understand that the INS, the agency he hates so much,  runs the H-1B program?

  • Jack Kemp - The corporate appetite for cheap labor is insatiable and Kemp is their cheerleader: "So why should we let an arbitrary barrier, the 65,000-visa immigration quota, deflate economic growth in our most dynamic industry?"

  •  Dick Armey (TX) - According to Armey, if you are unemployed you should push for more H-1Bs because,  "Every H1-B worker you put online creates another 40 job opportunities, and those are usually Americans -- local people."

  • Fellow H-1B advocates - Orrin Hatch (UT),  Mike DeWine (OH), Arlen Specter (PA), Slade Gorton, (Wash), Rep. David Dreier (CA), Elizabeth Dole, Lamar Smith (TX), Brian Bilbray (CA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte, R-V,  RobertTorricelli (NY)

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  • Bill Clinton - Clinton swore that he would veto any H-1B increase. Soon after that he allowed the Republicans to slide H-1B into the 1998 omnibus budget bill. He is the most shameful of all Democrats because he sold out the American worker. Isn't that who the Democrats are supposed to represent?

  • Al Gore - Has voiced support for the visa program in general. Perhaps his support isn't as strong as Bush because computer industry executives only gave him $178,000 compared to Bush's $380,000.

  • Sen. Ted Kennedy - Kennedy used to be on the "Political Allies" list. Sadly he is being demoted to an enemy. Kennedy likes to play it both ways. On the one hand he says, "Our solution is simple. Employers must simply state on one sheet of paper that they have not laid anyone off and that they have been unable to locate workers in this country. That's all". Unfortunately he goes on to say, "We should increase the quota temporarily". In September 2000 he announced full support towards H-1B increases. 

  • Sen. Barbara Boxer  (D-CA) - 1998 Clinton and Gore said that they would veto any H-1B increase, that is until Boxer invited them to a Silicon Valley fund raiser. The Democratic party raised record amounts of money from the high-tech industries. Shortly after that Clinton allowed H-1B to slide into the budget amendment.  THANKYOU BARBARA BOXER!!!

  • Sen. Charles Robb (VA)- Robb said supplementing the U.S. work force with more highly educated foreign workers is a  short-term solution. "The long-term challenge is to find ways to upgrade the skills of our existing work force. " Isn't there a logic gap here? He wants to put Americans out of work and then upgrade their skills?

  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren  (CA) - Lofgren wants unlimited numbers of H-1Bs to work in the United States. She wins the prize for  the stupidest statement ever made on H-1B. Lofgren said that H-1Bs that are "geniuses" should get a minimum salary of $60,000 per year. Thanks to her, all our modern day Albert Einsteins will move to Silicon Valley where they can make $60,000.

  • Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA)  - She said, "Permanently increasing the number of foreign workers is the wrong answer to our long-term need for high tech workers." She then voted to increase the H-1B quota to 150,000. Diane, you speak with forked tongue!

  • Rep. Schumer (NY) - "This bill adds immigrants [pending IMMACT of 1990] in three ways. First, it increases the number. We are a growing country, and we need more immigrants in general. Second, it says for the first time that immigrants should be admitted in large numbers because we need their skills. "

  • Tom Daschle (SD) - is very anxious to rubber stamp H-1B increases and speed them into law. He said he was "deeply concerned" that the H-1B bill had been "left languishing," 

  • Fellow H-1B advocates - Bill Bradley, Sheila Jackson
    Lee, D-Texas

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Here is the roll call for the vote to double the number of H-1Bs that can enter the U.S. and join the "floating population" of H-1Bs that are already here. Companies can legally fire Americans and replace them with   H-1Bs thanks to Senators Abraham and McCain.
Senate Bill 1723 Raising H-1B Limit to 150,000
--- YEAs 78---
Abraham (MI)
Allard (CO)
Ashcroft (MO)
Baucus (MT)
Bennett (UT)
Bingaman (NM)
Bond (MO)
Boxer (CA)
Breaux (LA)
Brownback (KS)
Bryan (NV)
Burns (MT)
Campbell (CO)
Chafee (RI)
Cleland (GA)
Coats (IN)
Cochran (MS)
Collins (ME)
Conrad (ND)
Coverdell (GA)
Craig (ID)
Daschle (SD)
DeWine (OH)
Dodd (CT)
Domenici (NM)
Dorgan (ND)
Enzi (WY)
Feinstein (CA)
Ford (KY)
Frist (TN)
Gorton (WA)
Graham (FL)
Gramm (TX)
Grams (MN)
Grassley (IA)
Gregg (NH)
Hagel (NE)
Hatch (UT)
Helms (NC)
Hollings (SC)
Hutchison (TX)
Inhofe (OK)
Inouye (HI)
Jeffords (VT)
Johnson (SD)
Kempthorne (ID)
Kerrey (NE)
Kohl (WI)
Kyl (AZ)
Landrieu (LA)
Lautenberg (NJ)
Leahy (VT)
Lieberman (CT)
Lott (MS)
Lugar (IN)
Mack (FL)
McCain (AZ)
McConnell (KY)
Murkowski (AK)
Murray (WA)
Nickles (OK)
Reed (RI)
Reid (NV)
Robb (VA)
Roberts (KS)
Roth (DE)
Santorum (PA)
Sessions (AL)
Shelby (AL)
Smith (NH)
Smith (OR)
Snowe (ME)
Specter (PA)
Stevens (AK)
Thompson (TN)
Thurmond (SC)
Warner (VA)
Wyden (OR)
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Akaka (HI)
Biden (DE)
Bumpers (AR)
Byrd (WV)
Durbin (IL)
Feingold (WI)
Glenn (OH)
Harkin (IA)
Hutchinson (AR)
Kennedy (MA)
Kerry (MA)
Levin (MI)
Mikulski (MD)
Moseley-Braun (IL)
Moynihan (NY)
Rockefeller (WV)
Sarbanes (MD)
Thomas (WY)
Torricelli (NJ)
Wellstone (MN)

 

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Show Me the Money!!! 

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Ever wonder how politicians could vote in favor of something as bad as H-1B? We only have to follow the money trail to understand why.

 

Top political action committee and soft money computer company campaign contributors to federal candidates and parties 1997-98 election cycle

Company

Democrat

Republican

Total Amount

Microsoft

$476,903

$872,868

$1,353,271

Gateway

153,000

362,454

515,454

EDS

158,118

223,028

382,146

Oracle

234,663

79,000

313,663

IDX Systems

180,250

21,000

202,250

Top political action committee and soft money computer company campaign contributors to federal candidates and parties 1999 election cycle

Company

Democrat

Republican

Total Amount

Microsoft

$337,920

$449,600

$793,520

American Online

133,750

130,000

263,750

Learning Co.

198,500

3,000

201,500

Oracle

4,500

132,250

137,000

EDS

49,500

80,050

129,550

Gateway 2000 38,337 60,000 98,337
Eltrax Systems 81,250 500 81,750
Cisco Systems 29,500 28,000 59000
Sterling Software 0 54,250 54,250

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Presidential Hopefuls
Computer industry contributions to presidential candidates:

George W. Bush $380,200

Al Gore

   177,950
Bill Bradley    166,975
John McCain     56,715
Gary Bauer          28,918
Elizabeth Dole         15,500
Dan Quayle             6,000

Top 10 Senate Recipients of Computer Industry PAC and Individual Contributions  
H-1B Supporters (Red)
Source: FEC
John McCain (R-Ariz) $87,450

Slade Gorton (R-Wash)

$41,850
Charles Robb (D-VA) $32,750
Joe Lieberman (D-Conn) $26,938
Spencer Abraham (R-MI) $23,900
John Kerry (D-Mass) $22,000
Ed Kennedy (D-Mass) $16,000
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) $14,500
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) $14,400
John Ashcroft (R-MO) $11,000

Top 10 House Recipients of Computer Industry PAC and Individual Contributions  
H-1B Supporters (Red)
Source: FEC
Jay Inslee (D-Wash) $35,600

Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

$26,250
Tom Campbell (R-CA) $18,800
Thomas Davis III (R-Va) $16,500
Bud Cramer (D-Ala) $15,250
Ron Packard (R-CA) $12,000
Nita Lowey (D-NY) $10,500
Adam Smith (D-Wash) $10,000
John Kasich (R-OH) $9,000
Robert Aderholt (R-Ala) $9,000

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Note: The politicians listed on this page are not necessarily still in office.

11/10/00