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Citizens United—People Are Just Going To Have To Decide What They Are Willing To Accept

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which is well on its way to further corroding people’s confidence in our so-called democracy, is allowing millions and millions of unregulated  dollars into our campaigns.

(Above–Sheldon Adelson. Photo by Bectrigger.)

From the New York Times

“Even in a political season marked by unprecedented levels of political spending, Sheldon Adelson stands alone. In recent days, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, gave $10 million to Restore Our Future, a “super PAC” backing Mitt Romney, people with knowledge of the contribution said Wednesday. The move leaves the Adelsons by far the most prolific campaign donors in the country. All told, they have given at least $35 million to pro-Republican super PACs during the 2012 campaign, along with several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of $2,500 checks directly to federal candidates. That is more than twice as much money as the closest competitors for the title, the conservative Texas billionaire Harold C. Simmons and his wife, Annette… In the wake of court rulings and other actions that have largely deregulated the campaign finance system, wealthy donors and corporations are planning to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into this year’s presidential and Congressional elections, mostly in support of Republicans….It has also set off an arms race among Republican candidates for the allegiance of a small group of very rich donors. With a net worth of roughly $25 billion, Mr. Adelson is among the richest of all: In an interview with Forbes magazine this year, he suggested he would consider personally spending as much as $100 million on the 2012 elections.”

Sure.

The facts are out there and people are going to have to decide what they want and what they are willing to accept.

The work of freedom is up to each of us. You can stand by and lose your future to the super-rich as they buy off the political process, or you can decide to fight back.

June 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. The best government money can buy

    Comment by lbwoodgate | June 14, 2012

  2. More awful than we would have guessed. Yet also a logical extension of the past 30 years on our politics and culture.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 14, 2012

  3. The claim here appears to be that contributions of money affect the outcomes of elections, presumably via advertising, since that’s how most of the money gets spent. And that advertising somehow warps people’s perceptions and motivations so that they vote differently (and worse) than they would have without the advertising.

    So the argument seems to be that with less information, voters are wise and their decisions are not to be trusted. But with more information, they become foolish, easily-swayed pawns of whomever. It’s a bizarre argument to make, which is probably why it’s seldom laid out. Instead, you stop halfway and point out the big scary money guy (unless he’s a trade unionist.)

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 15, 2012

  4. Sorry, that third sentence should end “are to be trusted.”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 15, 2012


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