Attorney General candidate Robert Bolchoz comes across as the “everyman” on the introductory page of his campaign website. Bolchoz writes of his working class roots and how politicos have a sense of entitlement. Further, in his issues section of his website, Bolchoz opines, “When it comes to business, state government must become a resource for the state’s citizens, not a bureaucratic road block.”
That sort of rhetoric sounds good. But, then there is Bolchoz’s record. In 2004, Robert Bolchoz, of ING, gave liberal Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd $500 in Dodd’s re-election bid against a Republican candidate. According to Open Secrets, the general election contribution made by Bolchoz for Dodd was made on August 12th, 2004.
Why would a supposed conservative lawyer make such a contribution to a liberal Democrat? It appears, and VUI stresses appears, Bolchoz was just playing the corporate contribution game. As a powerful member of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd received at least $56,950 from ING employees in contributions over the years.
ING is a Dutch based financial and insurance company that took a huge bailout from the Dutch government in 2008. In 2004, it was in its fourth year of its ING Direct operation in the United States, which basically was branchless banking. While it cannot be contended that campaign contributions directly influence a lawmaker’s actions, it can be assumed that such contributions make sure the lawmaker is not offended.
Does any of the above mean that Bolchoz is some evil guy? Of course not. But, it does appear to label his “everyman” approach and conservative approach as poppycock. When Bolchoz had to play the game, he apparently did.
Perhaps VUI is wrong. We have been wrong before. We welcome Bolchoz or his supporters to explain to VUI and our readers why Dodd’s re-election was so important to conservatives and Republicans that it warranted Bolchoz writing a check to Dodd’s campaign. Our comments section is unedited and not moderated. Explain it to us, Mr. Bolchoz.