The influence of money on elections and government has always had corruption problems, but, now because of the Citizens United ruling, UNLIMITED general corporate, union, and other entity general treasury funds, (including trade associations that can have foreign members allowing UNDISCLOSED) money is being funneled into super PACs that can now outright buy elections by the highest bidders.
Consider the example of big PAC monies and its relationshp regarding the RNC [graphic shown below with links to articles - brought to attention by some in the teaparty (information about the graphic sent in an email by the Teaparty Patriots) who are feeling 'left out' of the RNC - article below]. This is not a matter of whether we agree with each other’s political viewpoints as conservatives or liberals, etc.; the common ground we share is that super money is determining our goverment by simply buying it by those with the most money – whether that money is coming from the left or the right.
Graphic source: “In a single office suite in Alexandria, Va., firms hired by “super PACs” share the same space as consultants hired by the Romney campaign. Federal law prohibits super PACs from directly coordinating with candidates, but the groups share many ties and have paid for many similar services…” continue reading Fine Line Between ‘Super PACs’ and Campaigns. Also read The Incestuous Bleeding of the Republican Party. The later article is written by the conservative editor of RedState. And consider the article Did Citizens United Help Democrats in 2012? Then consider the liberal PACs. In the article biggest donor to Democratic super PACs, James Simons, who ran one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, contributed about $4 million through the beginning of September 2012. That’s a lot of influence for one individual. Take a look at a humungous list of Super PACs and info on them at Follow the Unlimited Money. The point again is not about what political affiliation you identify with and support, it is about money being the determiner of our political process.
Now that the Citizens United ruling has declared that money is speech (and cannot be regulated in super PACs – e.i., unlimited, undisclosed money to super PACs), you can see how unprecedented amounts of money by special interests determines political outcomes (from controlling primaries to ad campaigns and media smears, to buying political favors that expect a return, etc.). Sheldon Adelson, a very wealthy casino magnate (and the person primarily responsible for keeping Newt Gingrich funded in the RNC primary) just had a study done revealing Billionaires Warn Higher Taxes Could Prevent Them From Buying Politicians the article on this study states, “While the American family has seen increases in the cost of food, health care and education, Mr. Adelson says, “those costs don’t compare with the cost of buying a politician, which has gone through the roof.” The casino billionaire points to his group’s study, which puts the cost of purchasing an average House member at two million dollars and an average senator at several times that.” And the game is the same on the liberal side – the cost of running for office takes corporate, union, and political non profits to bring in the big money (undislosed, unlimited) as well as uber wealthy individuals. It’s a competition of wealth and most likely you’re not part of this ’monied electorial club’ shaping who will get to run and be elected - Citizens United has rigged the rules from a democractic process to an oliogarchy of the wealthiest. So, if you aren’t personally wealthy (a few million to spend on election influence), or own a corporation or a union, or a politically motivated non profit that can spend millions (which also Citizens United declared these non human entities are now people with personhood, protected by the Constitution – yes, we have to reverse that too), well, you get the picture whether you draw it from a conservative or a liberal viewpoint.
Bottom line, do we want a minority of he/she/it with the most money to determine how our government is run? Or do we want a democracy? With completely undisclosed monies being funneled into super PACs, it makes it impossible to track where it’s coming from – that should disturb us all. Who is getting rich from the deals being made and how is it affecting our country?
We’re first and foremost Americans – let’s work together in transpartisanship on this common ground to get the money out of politics and take back our Constitution to the flesh and blood people to whom it belongs (especially to the posterity of those who have fought and died to protect our country) - not corporations, unions, and politically oriented non profits who have recently been given ‘personhood’. This personhood is all about funneling money and power from the real citizens and giving to the mega powerful. Let’s stop it together.