9 Apr 2014

Money can buy an American Election. Land of the free is free if you have the money.

Money can buy an American election? Now it's a lot easier

The finance chairman of the Republican national committee, Ray Washburne, travelled to Chicago last Wednesday to solicit money from two big funders who had reached their donation limit for this election cycle.
While he was on the plane, the supreme court ruled that there would no longer be any limits. Washburne told the New York Times that when he landed and heard the news, he said: "Eureka".
He came back with promises of more cash from corporate America, we all know they really run politics in the US of A.
It's the American Way. Just as the constitution ostensibly requires that AK47s be available on demand, it was also apparently designed to open the sluicegates to money in politics, until the entire landscape is flooded with cash and cynicism and the border between what is unethical and what is legal is washed away. Is this what the funding fathers intended?
There are lots of areas of American society that could do with more money: preschools, infrastructure, mental health clinics, homeless shelters.
The one place it's not needed is in politics.
Even in this most polarised of moments, this is one of the few things on which most Americans agree. Indeed, support for limits on campaign donations is high among all income and education levels, party allegiances and political philosophies, and has remained consistent over the last five years.

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