Monday, April 20, 2015

And the money kept rolling in (and out)

By Richard Barry

I would be very happy if voters found a way to wake up and smell the corruption.

Turning disgust with billionaire super-PAC benefactors into a platform that moves voters has been an elusive goal for activists seeking to curb the massive sums sloshing through campaigns. But five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision — which held it was unconstitutional to ban independent political spending by corporations and unions, and helped set off a financial arms race — there are signs that politicians are beginning to confront a voter backlash.

Good that some voters are noticing, but no candidate will walk away from the money unless all candidates walk away, and that will not happen unless the rules change. 

Thank you, SCOTUS. Way to protect the Constitution.

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