I liked Al Franken when he used to be on Saturday Night Live. He was a legitimately funny guy. Too bad funny doesn’t get you much more than that. Remember when he said “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like me”
Well, we know one thing for sure, a big cable company likes him.
Recently, Al has been an outspoken proponent of Net Neutrality. The guy who ran on working for “all Minnesotan’s” as you can hear in his own voice in his own campaign ad below took a lot of money from a cable company. I wonder if they had anything to say about this.
Fortunately for all of us Minnesotan’s big ol’ Al has kept his character by standing up for Minnesotans and hasn’t let a dime of political contributions come from these cable companies … Oh wait, he has. Look at this report from opensecrets.com that shows Al Franken took $33,450 from Time Warner. I find it very interesting how he let the hands of these media companies right into his wallet where they seem to leave cold hard cash.
But it gets a little more interesting than that. His push for Net Neutrality has been focused on Comcast, (according to The Daily Signal). One would think that if he was doing this for the good of all Minnesotans, he would not be focusing on the competitor of one of his largest political contributors.
You be the judge: Tell us in the comments below what you think of Al Franken and his push for net neutrality. Do you think his character has been damaged by this? What about the integrity of his office? Do you think, like stock analysts, that politicians should be forced to put a disclaimer on every position they may have a conflict of interest in? I do. I think it would be great if all politicians had to put up something like this “I support net neutrality … and myself, my firm, and my family may have taken money from the following cable companies …”