The PSA takes the hurt out of collecting state sector â€śinvoluntary contributionsâ€ť and passing them on to Labour.
If they arenâ€™t referring to machine politics, maybe Mittâ€™s boys are trying to say something else? In a recent call with reporters, Romney adviser Ed Gillespie described Chicago politics as simple cronyism, with contracts and rewards going to Obamaâ€™s largest fundraisers. But Chicago-style politics was never much about big donors either. The machine was funded through involuntary contributions. City workers had to kick back a portion of their salaries to fund the political operation. For an example of a politician notorious for rewarding major campaign contributors, look to Richard Nixon, the first president to put a price on ambassadorships ($250,000), and his relationship with the likes ofÂ Walter Annenberg.