“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”

January 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Posted in House of Representatives, law, politics straight up | 8 Comments
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Some members of the Supreme Court believe that their ruling in Citizens United case does not allow wholly foreign corporations to buy American elections. But will that stop foreign corporations or countries from doing so?

I would imagine that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia — the largest shareholder of News Corp outside the Murdoch family — as well as are many foreign governments, will have no problem influencing American politics thanks to Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas.

Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling, the next step in our country’s downward spiral will be that corporations themselves will run for elected office.

As a result, “the progressive PR firm Murray Hill Inc. has announced that it plans to satirically run for Congress in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th congressional district.”

Given the age requirement, I doubt that Murray Hill Inc. is qualified. But Exxon is. So are Walmart and Microsoft.

Here is Murray Hill’s first campaign ad:

Thanks, ThinkProgress!



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  1. So the ability for any incorporated entity to place independent advertisements in the media is the ability to buy election results? That’s all that Citizens United accomplished after all?

  2. Well, let’s see …

    Exxon had $45.2 billion profit in 2008.

    How many percentage points of that one corporation’s profit alone do you suppose is required to buy a senate seat?

  3. Last I checked political advertisements weren’t a guarantee of winning an election.

    Tell me, do you buy whatever is shilled on the TV? If not, why do you think anyone else would?

    OK, Exxon runs a bunch of ads for or against a candidate. If they don’t have something to say that is meaningful, it won’t have much effect. If, on the other hand, what they have say is meaningful to Americans then we should all be damn glad that they could say it.

    The same holds true for the unions, who have the same rights and are much, much larger contributors to political campaigns than every corporation except AT&T.

    • People like you will be the death of this country.

      • You mean people who hold the sanctity of our constitution to be worth the occasional inconveniences that maintaining the liberties it enumerates entails?

        Or is it that I do not hold Americans in such a depth of contempt that I believe some more ads on television will change things that much?

        No. It people who look solely at the result without considering how it was arrived at and at what cost it was achieved who will be the death of this country.

  4. For someone who approves of the ruling, you seem terribly angry. Is there some reason you should feel so defensive?

    • That’s partially because, while I think it was the correct ruling, I don’t like it either.

      It’s also partially because people like you – and Obama – misconstrue what the decision was and what its effect are likely to be.

      But hey, you were one describing me as what will be the death of this country.

      • I’m sure the Republican party and their corporate sponsors appreciate your efforts.

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