First They Gave Money To Hitler. Now Allianz Is Giving Cash To These American Politicians.
A common theme in science fiction is a return by time travelers who go back to find Adolf Hitler when he was a baby, and try to kill him in order to prevent the creation of Nazi Germany and World War II. A less morally ambiguous time travel adventure, however, could center around going back to stop the massive financial payments from German corporations to the Nazi Party, transforming Hitler from the butt of jokes into a viable choice for Chancellor. Without immense infusions of corporate cash, the Nazis would never have made the big time, and the more moderate leaders of the republic would have chosen more reasonable policies than genocide and the nationalist military expansion that triggered World War II.
This story is highly relevant to our own time and place, because, as in the Weimar Republic, corporate cash is being allowed to thoroughly distort democracy in the United States. The stories of corporate donations by the Nazis and the use of corporate donations by extreme right wing politicians in the United States, many of who advocate some of the same kind of policies favored by Adolf Hitler, converge at certain points – where some of the same corporations that propped up the Nazis are propping up extremist politicians in the United States right now.
Prime among these is the international insurance company, Allianz. In the early days of the Nazi Party, when Adolf Hitler needed cash to advance his hateful plans for totalitarianism, war, torture and genocide, Allianz stepped forward to provide. Money from Allianz transformed the Nazi Party from a tiny fringe group into a major player in national German politics.
Allianz didn’t just give financial donations to the Nazis to enable them to seize power. Allianz used its early investment in the Nazi Party to gain the privilege of becoming the primary source of insurance in the Third Reich. Allianz insured the Auschwitz concentration camp where huge numbers of Jews were worked and starved to death.
While Allianz helped make sure that Auschwitz remained up and running, and provided for financial payments to the death camp’s guards who tortured prisoners, the company refused to honor the life insurance claims of the families of Jews killed in Auschwitz. The Nazi executives at Allianz said that because the Nazis didn’t keep records of the deaths of its prisoners at Auschwitz, there was no proof that the life insurance was needed. Maybe, said Allianz, there were just a lot of Jews who were pretending to have been killed by the Nazis – at the same death camp that Allianz itself had inspected and insured.
Allianz was so thoroughly involved in the Nazi Third Reich that its CEO was appointed to the position of economic minister under Hitler. Of course, the Nazis were bombed out of power 70 years ago, so the story ends there, right? Wrong.
Just as Allianz used political donations to bring the Nazi Party to power in 1930s Germany, Allianz is using political donations to support the aggressive, militaristic, nationalist, racist agenda of right wing politicians in the United States.
ALLIANZ DONATED MONEY TO ADOLF HITLER BEFORE –
ALLIANZ DONATES MONEY TO THESE POLITICIANS TODAY
Andy Barr, Charles Boustany, John Carney, John Delaney, Charlie Dent, Bob Dold, Tom Emmer, Virginia Foxx, Frank Guinta, Jeb Hensarling, Jared Huffman, Mike Kelly, Leonard Lance, Kenny Marchant, Luke Messer, Gwen Moore, Mick Mulvaney, Erik Paulsen, Robert Pittenger, Tom Reed, Dennis Ross, Paul Ryan, David Scott, Brad Sherman, Patrick Tiberi, Mimi Walters, Roger Williams, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Orrin Hatch, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Tim Scott, Richard Shelby, Pat Toomey, and Ron Wyden.
In the 2016 election cycle so far, 77.8 percent of the donations made by the Allianz of America PAC to U.S. House candidates were made to Republicans. 78.5 percent of the donations made by Allianz to U.S. Senate candidates were made to Republicans.
Of course, that’s just the money that’s been paid above the board, directly to political candidates themselves. How much money Allianz may have laundered through shadowy independent expenditures, perhaps with money coming directly from the same German headquarters that once wrote checks to Adolf Hitler, is not known.