Sunday, August 24, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform NOW!!!

This is criminal - or at least it should be. Big business dumps tens of millions of dollars into "shadowy" political groups who refuse to disclose their funding sources but are nonetheless permitted to buy air time to run hit pieces on pro-labor candidates. Any group spending money in an attempt to influence elections for PUBLIC OFFICE should be required BY LAW to disclose TO THE PUBLIC the source of every single penny they spend. Otherwise this country will never be a functioning representative democracy but will continue to be what it is: a non-representative plutocracy, where the rich and powerful enjoy the best government money can buy. It's long past time for the working class to wake up and smell the Vaseline: YOU'RE BEING FUCKED! And the lying bastards you elect are laughing as they ride your asses all the way to the bank.

Daily Kos: State of the Nation
The Employee Free Choice Act is one of the most important such bills -- and practically every competitive Senate race is being targeted by anti-union groups with millions of dollars in funding from undisclosed sources:
The two groups, which will not disclose the sources of money behind their campaigns, may spend as much as a combined $50 million by November. The extent of the media effort has sent Democrats scrambling for ways to respond to what they call misleading advertisements without getting thrown off their own message. Party leaders are also sharply critical of the secrecy behind the spending.

"The fact that these expenditures are not only so large but are undisclosed is extremely troubling," said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who said the groups "are trying to influence the elections with millions of dollars that the public can’t trace."
These groups (which I've previously written about here) have already gone on the air with millions of dollars in ads against candidates whose names will be familiar to you: Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Allen, Al Franken, Mary Landrieu, Jeff Merkley, Mark Udall, Bruce Lunsford, Ronnie Musgrove.
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