Wednesday, July 18, 2012

By the 1% for the 1%

After the 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission enabled super-PACs the campaign finance game has gotten worse than ever. According to this article in the Atlantic a mere 196 donors have provided 80% of the super-PAC money in the presidential election so far. The numbers are quite large, pro-Romney's super-PACs took in $20 million last month and that total is sure to grow as the election nears. When are candidates are so beholden to corporate interests can we really trust them to rule for the best of the people?

So what can we do to end this ridiculous system? Jon Soros (son of billionaire George Soros) has started his own super-PAC with the primary goal of ending super-PACs. Basically he's going to use this money to campaign only for candidates who support campaign finance reform. I'm still trying to figure out how I can donate to this. Although I'm reminded of a classic Nietzsche quote "Be careful when you fight monsters, lest you become one."

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