May 2012 — before losing his congressional seat, Republican Bob Dold introduces seven bills that if passed would have directly benefitted the Dow Chemical corporation by eliminating import duties for substances Dow Chemical uses in the United States but produces on the cheap overseas with underpaid third-world workers. The bills, and the chemicals on which Dow would get a special price break:
H.R. 5346: divinylbenzene (nufarm)
H.R. 5347: a proprietary ion-resin exchange powder
H.R. 5348: poly(4-(1-isobutoxy ethoxy)styrene-co-4-hydroxystyrene
H.R. 5360: another proprietary ion-resin exchange powder
H.R. 5361: 10,10′-Oxybisphenoxarsine
H.R. 5362: a macroporus adsorpent polymer
H.R. 5363: 4-(1-Ethoxyethoxy) styrene-4- (t-butylcarbonyloxy) styrene-4-hydroxystyrene copolymer
March 2014 — Bob Dold runs for Congress again. The Dow Agrosciences LLP PAC promptly writes a check to Dold to underwrite his campaign.
Dow is not Bob Dold’s only political sponsor. Thanks to his efforts to crush the minimum wage, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced its sponsorship of the Dold campaign — starting with a half-million-dollar “independent expenditure” advertising campaign on behalf of Dold’s candidacy last month. The Chamber of Commerce promises more of the same on behalf of Bob Dold… but won’t say from what ultimate sources the pro-Dold money originates.