Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Monday, August 09, 2004


I find it enlightening to peruse the campaign financial reports over at opensecrets. One interesting little tidbit I stumbled upon today: both the Kerry campaign and the Bush campaign use credit cards for campaign expenditures. When they report the payments to their credit card companies however, they follow different formats. The Kerry camp lists their AMEX payments in the "travel" category on their FEC reports, which makes sense, since most hotels require a credit card for reservation. The Bushies, on the other hand, lists their AMEX payments as, well, "credit card payments." I scoured the raw documents over at the FEC website, but I sure couldn't find an itemization of those charges. So it seems that Bush-Cheney '04 is using that AMEX card to buy quite a lot - $7,937,066.00 worth of something over the past year or so, according to my calculations- but we the electorate have no idea what.