GOP: One Note Johnnies - No Limits on Money
Ready for Next RNC Confab: Don't Come Empty Handed. It's Just Good Access
This piece is from Think Progress.org: With the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court unleashed a flood of money from wealthy donors into American elections, and 2012 proved that point, implying the money is okay “…so long as it given to independent groups such as super PACS. At least that is what the five conservative justices claimed in that ruling adding: “… it does not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”
Since that decision, “outside spending in federal elections has increased markedly — as much as 245% in presidential elections, 662% in House elections, and 1,338% in Senate elections”
FYI: more than 70 percent of the outside spending in the 2012 cycle alone came from conservative groups.
In that interview, Priebus told Hewitt that we should not “have caps at all” — and id Sheldon Adelson (who gave $93 million in 2012) wants to write a single $100 million check to the RNC, then he should have the right to do so.
Money does not always win, we all know that, but big money keeps out smaller people who can’t raise that kind of money or don’t have Adelson-type Fat Cats in the wings. More importantly, it kills representative democracy and contrary to what the Chief Justice says, I strongly believe, it is not speech and certainly not for “good access” either. Giving a $100 million dollars and believing that nothing in return is expected is both naïve and narrow-minded. If money is speech then the handful of billionaires we saw in 2012 must surely own every dictionary in town???
The problem, however is: How to prove quid pro quo.