I wrote a post earlier today saying that I agreed with Obama that AIG should not be paying bonuses to it's employees while they are getting bailout funds. Even though I had many responses that did not agree with me, and many of them made valid points, I stand by what I said in my post.
I do want to do a little follow up on it though.
I came across this list this evening (hat tip to Right Side Politics Examiner for the link). The article links to a site, American International Group: All Recipients, that lists the top recipients of AIG political contributions over the last 10 years.
Now if you read the article I linked to last night, Obama Says Administration Will Try to Block AIG Bonuses, you will see that a number of politicians are critical of AIG's bonuses. Turns out a couple of these politicians have received money from AIG.
President Barack Obama (D) $107,332
-Obama called the bonuses "hard to understand." and "an outrage"
Sen Richard Shelby (R, AL) $31,250
-"These people (AIG) brought this on themselves. Now you're rewarding failure. A lot of these people should be fired, not awarded bonuses. This is horrible. It's outrageous,"
It appears Sen Shelby is talking about AIG but substitute "AIG" with "US Congress" of which Mr Shelby is a part and he could be talking about himself.
As a bonus, we have another Obama official
-Vice President Joe Biden $41,350
Now the question is, if these men are so outraged by what is happening at AIG, shouldn't they return these campaign contributions?