Thursday, January 15, 2015

Watching the Watchers: Removing Campaign Donation Restrictions Has the Effect You Expect

In the wake of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, which gave free speech (First Amendment) protection to political donations by corporations and other business entities, something entirely unremarkable has happened. Donations by organizations not directly affiliated with candidates and donations by entities that do not have to disclose their doners have both doubled. Also, sixty percent of all donations to so-called SuperPACs come from less than two hundred families. Perhaps we should stop calling America a representative republic. Maybe refer to it as a quid pro quo republic instead?

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