It's sad how this decision by the Conservative leaning Supreme Court is now
influencing politics. Super Pac's are not only out-earning campaign funds, but
also out-spending them by tens of millions. And it will only get worse. And
it's not just donors giving to support their preferred candidate. It's donors
giving to one candidate, to indirectly help another candidate. Ron Paul getting
money so he can attack Santorum, and help Romney.Just as President
Obama said days after the verdict, that decision sparked a sad day in American
politics. Exactly what he said would happen, is happening. Even while the
Conservative judges ignore it.
It's quite another matter with less open donors who cloak their contributions
shell corporations and LLCs. We reported previously on links between NuSkin
Cofounder Steven Lund and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore our Future. -
Article ** Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By
Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11 Seven days later: ** Mitt Romney: Corporations are people...my friend By Phillip Elliot
AP Published by DSNews 08/11/11 We need to start having some
ACCOUNTABILITY... ...with these 'unlimited' donations.
These SuperPACs are probably more dangerous to American democracy than the
Taliban or AlQueda. ALL political donations should be out front and completely
transparent.Better yet, reverse Citizens United before eliminating
campaign contributions from any source. How about public funding of elections.
Each candidate receives the same amount. And cut the time allowed for
campaigning from its current eternal status to something like 90 days before an
This is just free speech and nothing more. Obama doesn't like it because others
can now compete with union money and Democrats probably can't raise as much. He
has no problem with big union money. I can't think of a bigger threat to our
democracy than Barak Obama.
Another great post by Williary! Love reading your thoughts. I'm still laughing
about the NFL / AFC West comparison. That was great!I guess these
Super Pacs will truly make their candidates "The best that money can
Lots of assumptions made in this "news" piece. And quite the opinion
at the end of the article. Is this really news? or just a shot at NuSkin?
I don't believe in super pacs, I believe less in the media that disclose who is
behind one of them, and not all of them.
At least Romney's Super-pac's are not raising fund from a foreign country like
Santorum's did. This Super-Pac mess is out of hand. People in this country are
out of work and struggling and millions upon millions are being spent to elect
one man. Dumb! The candidates should be accountable to raise their on campaign
funds and not depend on others. Also, if the media is going to publish those who
contribute large sums to one candidate, they should publish the same things for
everyone who runs for President--from Ron Paul to President Obama. Fair is Fair
When oh when is this lying, cheating, stealing by greedy multi wealthy greeds
going to be stopped? They are buying their way to massive wealth and at the same
time the ruination of this great country. Is it going to take a
"MASSIVE" deadly revolt by common citizens to get it done? Maybe just
maybe thats what will happen if let go without stopping this continued theft by
the priveledged from the commoner's. Lord help this country if it comes to that!
It is a good thing to be able to see where the money comes from. I know it is
way too much to ask from the Washington Post and the NY Times but lets see the
details for all the candidates especially the President. He plans on spending a
BILLION dollars on his campaign. Let's see where all the money comes from.
@CatsPresident Obama should be very proud to accept money from any
Union. I've yet to understand how Repubs think that is a slap in the face to
Dems?I'll take the guy who gets money from Unions, whose
responsibility is to KEEP GOOD JOBS in America. To fight for workers rights.As opposed to the guy whose money is coming from Corporations, who
constantly take those GOOD jobs and either outsource them overseas, or turn them
into low paying jobs, so their shareholders make more money.
We haven't seen anything compared to the Obama's relationship with the Unions
and special groups that are more than a super PAC. Case in point, when Obama
bailed out the auto industry and gave the UAW more than money which in turn is
used in this election by votes with public money which turned to other money for
them to use. The Supreme Court's judgement in this case changed the whole
election theater. The stage is full of an equation that has not existed for a
Presidential election and campaign, especially with an incumbent in power with
billions, not millions of dollars. He is using scheduling tactics using
government people and facilities to promote his policies and not campaigning.
This is a time when donating to campaigns through SuperPACs will become more
public since corporations and unions are involved. The money trail will show
up, just like the Proposition 8 people that donated in California and the GRAMA
and financial documents will be requested through the FEC and other government
agencies will use as an open book. Voting was meant to be a individual thing
but it is becoming a publicity stunt and money advertising instead of what it
was meant to be in the 18th century. Privacy through the Supreme Court's
decision will be the next challenge after this election since Congress hasn't
done anything to legislate the process the Court has set.
When ever you put the power in the hands of the few, everyone is in peril.
Regardless of party affiliation, consolidation of power is not good. The
average American is loosing its voice... and nothing good will come from it.
"This is just free speech and nothing more"Typical
conservative response.As if all these donations will not require a
payback.Do you really believe that Cats?
A Utah group acting in secret (like Gadianton robbers). At least be open and
transparent. Super PACs are as evil as it gets, and I would think Utahns would
scream murder over them. BUt I guess if you have your boy running for
President, all bets are off when it comes to integrity and honesty. A perfect
case of situational ethics. Super PACs are a conservative invention, and it
will accelerate our decline. Rationalize all you like, but there is nothing
good about this development. And for some of you who get mad about the media
reporting on this, shame on you.
I don't see anyone questioning the contributions to Super Pacs that support
Democrats. Union contributions to campaigns are just as bad. As a former union
worker (for a short time) I didn't want my forced contributions to the union to
go to democrats. I withdrew from the union and got hounded out of my job
because of it, which is why I'm anti-union and have fought them at other jobs
that have attempted to unionize.You look at the Democrat Super Pacs
and I'll bet the Hollywood crowd and George Soros not only gives the majority of
the money to them. Soros pulls the strings. Why do you think that there are no
more conservatives (moderate?) Democrats any more?
"I don't see anyone questioning the contributions to Super Pacs that
support Democrats. Union contributions to campaigns are just as bad."Well, Let me put an end to that statement.I think that ALL
donations to politicians taint the process. That includes corporate and Union
donations.The Citizens United ruling will exacerbate the problem.
And that holds true whether the money is going to R or D candidates.Now, to counter your statement, I will say that " I have seen very FEW on
the right denounce the Citizens United ruling."
"I don't see anyone questioning the contributions to Super Pacs that
support Democrats. Union contributions to campaigns are just as bad."I don't see how this comment makes any sense what so ever. The problem
people are having now is because the Republicans are in the heat of battle to
decide their candidate. If the Democrats had a contested race, you would see
the very same things.The issue is donations to promote a cause or
person where the donor beleives it servers their needs to stay secret. The
double bit for Romney on this is he is already shrouded in mystery, his religion
and has wealth that doesn't seem logically explainable - such as how he has
retirement accounts worth millions when legal maximum donations to these
accounts are 5k per year - the math doesn't make sense.It is about
secrets. We don't trust our government, and we now don't trust where the money
comes from that funds these elections. Party has nothing to do with this. It
is about secret money sources. If you beleive in your cause, and there is
nothing wrong with your stance, why the need for secrecy?