Dark money: stretching the analogy of a voter to a 501(c)(4)

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by LizKat, May 23, 2017.

  1. LizKat macrumors 68040

    LizKat

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    Governor of Missouri finally gets around to responding to complaints (from both parties!) about his uses of a 501(c)(4) nonprofit to bash perceived opponents, and continues to defend use of dark money funding of the organization.

    He suggested that just like a voter casts his vote in secrecy, a politically active nonprofit should not have to say who gave it money to do what with.

    Needless to say, not everyone was impressed by the analogy.


    http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article152113677.html


    For background:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/faq.php

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_evolution_in_2010#SpeechNOW.org_v_FEC

    I understand the reluctance a dark money contributor has in listing his personal information. So what. We deserve to know who’s trying to buy government that may negate the worth of votes from either left or right and so implement some other agenda.

    Despite some states having legislated support for a Constitutional Amendment undoing the perceived damages of equating corporate and personal speech, The Citizens United decision seems to have been received with apathy by far too many voters. Among other things one might consider that the Supreme Court didn’t say Congress couldn’t make an effort to write a better defense against the big bucks of corporate “free speech” overwhelming the voice of ordinary people.

    So far the Congress prefers to let that sleeping dog drool money all over their shoes. The main effect of Citizens United in fact was to unleash the push for a stamp of approval on unlimited and undisclosed contributions from a single individual, which has subsequently occurred, and which may be the reason we saw so many primary candidates in the GOP primaries, lol the billionaires couldn’t make up their minds for quite awhile.

    But in complacency lie the seeds of surprise, eh? Dunno what we’re waiting for. Wake your Congressman and tell him or her if he doesn’t get with a retake on campaign finance legislation that can pass muster at the Supreme Court,you’ll help primary him in 2018. At least that way he’ll have something to worry about besides a government shutdown over Trump’s budget this fall.
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Now there's a mental picture I could have done without. Mainly due to its sad accuracy.
     
  3. LizKat thread starter macrumors 68040

    LizKat

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    Maybe me too. By time I wrapped that up I managed to lose my appetite for dinner. These guys really get me with their corrosive perversion of politics. It's worse than the old back rooms full of ward bosses looking to divvy up the pork barrel. Much worse.

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