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(Huffington Post)   Why your sleepy little congressional election in the middle of nowhere will be dominated by super PACs and nonprofits from Washington, D.C., and New York City   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 24
    More: Scary, Massachusetts Republican Party, New York City, League of Conservation Voters, PAC Senate Majority PAC, Jesse Jackson, Gabriel Gomez, Kessler's, Robin Kelly  
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2013-07-18 01:38:02 PM  
Thanks, Citizens United, for making sure that the probability that local representatives have the interests of their constituents at heart is near zero.
 
2013-07-18 02:26:00 PM  
We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here.
 
2013-07-18 02:26:23 PM  
Will it get Hal Rogers out of office? Probably not. So we're all stuck with these assholes who don't give two farks about us and only care about corporate money. I still say setting up a huge guillotine in DC with a countdown clock would work.
 
2013-07-18 02:27:24 PM  
Living in a swing state I'm already used to this crap. Friend of mine who does advertising for a local tv station said its super easy filling time up to a year before an election with just those types of ads. They have to throw in some car dealerships or people would totally turn off their channel.
 
2013-07-18 02:29:27 PM  

nmrsnr: Thanks, Citizens United, for making sure that the probability that local representatives have the interests of their constituents at heart is near zero.


That was pretty much the stated goal.  There was no rational reason to challenge McCain-Feingold, which had started to make the situation better.
 
2013-07-18 02:30:55 PM  
Organizations in Illinois, meanwhile, spent precisely zero dollars to advocate for or against several candidates who vied early this year to replace ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., while outfits from everywhere but collectively burned through more than $2 million.

Because ILians didn't care who was elected so long as it was not JJJ.
 
2013-07-18 02:32:22 PM  
Good. Let people with money who are really motivated over one issue or another spend their money how they want.
 
2013-07-18 03:12:44 PM  
Look, it's not even U.S. dirty money.  It's international dirty money.  Super PACs represent anti-American interests equally, if not more, than American interests.  It isn't even the American wealthy that want to ship jobs over seas.
 
2013-07-18 03:24:37 PM  
I watched The Campaign again yesterday and it felt less like incisive satire and more like a blueprint for the future.
 
2013-07-18 03:31:35 PM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: I watched The Campaign again yesterday and it felt less like incisive satire and more like a blueprint for the future.


Sorta like Idiocracy then
 
2013-07-18 03:47:54 PM  
Do you know who your State legislators are? How they voted? If not, this shouldn't be a surprise for you. Buying state and local governments has to be the deal of the century (three centuries running).
 
2013-07-18 03:56:05 PM  
Was the obvious tag busy forming a Super Pac and filling out 501(c)(4) paperwork to avoid disclosing its donors?
 
2013-07-18 04:16:08 PM  
Nonsense. What's good for the anonymous Chinese and Saudi interests is good for me! Because abortion.
 
2013-07-18 05:02:19 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Do you know who your State legislators are? How they voted? If not, this shouldn't be a surprise for you. Buying state and local governments has to be the deal of the century (three centuries running).


No shiat. That's why in my town I walked altogether 6 miles to vote in the primaries,I got a ride for the general election. The town I grew up in had voting booths everywhere,all the schools,firehouses,post offices and etc. This place is Republican ran and only has 1. I guess it's a great way to disenfranchise the poor unless they're farking angry enough to walk. I live in town too so it makes no farking sense.
 
2013-07-18 05:23:07 PM  
If this continues, the one powerful thing that unites Republicans (money) will guarantee the GOP hold both houses of congress.

This, plus the eventual election of the GOP in to the PoTUS will also guarantee something...

A 40lb box will be once again opened upon the People like we saw last decade.
 
2013-07-18 05:24:19 PM  
NEW YORK CITY!?
Get a rope.
 
2013-07-18 06:29:24 PM  
You left out the non-profits from Texas. Amazing how much out-of-state stuff comes from Texas.
 
2013-07-18 06:42:04 PM  

Saiga410: Organizations in Illinois, meanwhile, spent precisely zero dollars to advocate for or against several candidates who vied early this year to replace ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., while outfits from everywhere but collectively burned through more than $2 million.

Because ILians didn't care who was elected so long as it was not JJJ.


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Does NOT approve!
 
2013-07-19 12:27:09 AM  
Riches guarantee reign.

Would you like to know more?
 
2013-07-19 12:44:48 AM  
M.A.D.

Mutually Assured Destruction.
 
2013-07-19 02:20:25 AM  
Would a Constitutional amendment be advisable to undo Citizens United?  If so, how should it read?
 
2013-07-19 02:52:56 AM  
Well thanks to our electoral college and gerrymandering, the middle of nowhere has too much influence on federal politics, so it's probably a wash.
 
2013-07-19 03:06:26 AM  
we really need need a constitutional amendment to allow regulation of corporate speech.
 
2013-07-19 11:21:22 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Would a Constitutional amendment be advisable to undo Citizens United?  If so, how should it read?


Henceforth accepting money to run advertisements for political purposes, or candidates accepting any kind of material support for a political campaign, from sources that are not empowered to vote in the election being influenced shall be considered treason under the federal penal code.

You're running for office and take a contribution from a source not registered to vote in your election?  Jail.

You're running a TV station and take money from someone not registered to vote in the election they want to advertise for?  Jail.
 
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