I wrote last month about the adverse effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case and how it had literally changed the political landscape in this country. Several of our readers have asked if there is any way to find out who is actually financing the Romney Campaign through the SuperPACs. In fact one reader asked if it’s possible for foreign countries like China or Iran to dump huge sums into a SuperPAC without their donations being disclosed to the voters before the November election. While I hope that no foreign country would do that, such donations are certainly possible. In fact, some observers believe it’s probable.
We do know that corporate billionaires such as the infamous Koch brothers – who bankrolled the Tea Party – are funding front groups like “Americans for Prosperity.” Usually a name like that spells trouble and is not good for ordinary folks. We also know that Karl Rove has been able to raise hundreds of millions to use in both the Presidential and Congressional campaigns from huge corporations whose names and motives go undisclosed.
A prime example of what has happened since Citizens United involves an anonymous donor who gave $10 million late last year to pay for political ads attacking President Obama and Democratic policies. This money was run through Crossroads GPS, a Super-PAC which was founded and run by none other than Karl Rove. We will see much more of this sort of thing in the Presidential campaign over the next six months. In the new, free-wheeling environment of post-Citizens United political giving, the identity of this donor, like many others, will remain a permanent mystery.
Without question, the campaign financing system on the national level is broken. Unfortunately, it won’t be fixed this year. As a result, we will witness the most expensive political campaign in the ongoing Presidential race and we won’t know where the vast majority of the money comes from. That’s a scary thought! So all the American people can do at this juncture is to get involved with and support candidates who believe in full disclosure of where money received by or on behalf of all candidates is coming from. Candidates must be supported who understand the plight of the middle-class, as well as the poor, in this country. Getting involved in the Presidential and Congressional races is the most important thing an individual citizen can do this year!
Source: Washington Post
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