The Republican Party is going to great lengths to tie Democrats — and Sen. Chris Dodd in particular — to the lavish bonuses issued by bailed-out insurance giant AIG. The GOP is sending out emails targeting the Connecticut Democrat and passing around talking points painting him and the Democratic Party as stooges of big business.
The talking points run down just how insurance giant AIG ended up issuing $165 million in bonuses to senior executives this past week. The culprit for the largess: Democrats who eliminated an amendment from the stimulus that would have taxed those bonuses that exceeded $100,000, and Dodd himself, who folded on his pledge to fully restrict the financial rewards.
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