Imagine this: in a week when the latest presidential campaign finance reports reveal a growing list of million-dollar donors to super PACs, right-wing bloggers and Republican lawyers are defending the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decisions as maligned by media and of course, liberals.
The apologists are saying there’s nothing corrupt going on; it wasn’t caused byCitizen Unitedanyway; it’s people not corporations writing the checks; it’s only free speech; it’s always been done; and it’s good for democracy.
Let’s unmask these silly assertions one by one. It might come as a shock to the right, but Americans who care about democracy can see through their charade.
“Our founders created democracy. They took great risk to do it and it was about the will of the people determining who would lead our country, not the bankroll of a few people. And we have to — right now, I think we have a great opportunity because they see these kingmakers just weighing in to the tune of millions of dollars. One of them said he’s willing to put up $100 million. Well, we might as well go to them, cancel the elections, go to them and say, who do you want to be president, who do you want to run Congress, who do you want to be governors of your state? And then forget about the initiatives that free us from special interests.”
--Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and Former Speaker of the House, on the consequences of the Citizens United decision and the risks tied to recent campaign spending practices.