September 7, 2012
Who’s funding the super-PAC behind Mitt Romney, ironically called Restore Our Future? Greg Palast’s new book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits (out 9/18), will give you the answer and reveal these billionaires’ dirty pasts (and presents). Check out an excerpt from the book on Truthout.
“In ancient times, before the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, the maximum amount you could give a candidate for president, legally, was two thousand dollars. And, until 2010, to legally donate to a candidate, you had to 1) have a first and last name, 2) be a citizen of the United States, and 3) breathe oxygen.
Then, in 2010, the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision (followed by a lower-court decision, SpeechNow.org v. FEC) blew the doors off the limit on secret political campaign contributions. “Unnatural” persons—headless, heartless creatures called corporations—could now spend in election campaigns. And, unlike us mere mortals, these corporate creatures are not limited to two thousand dollars. As soon as Citizens came down, billionaires pulled out their debit cards and went on a shopping spree.”
Read the entire article at Truthout.