Posts Tagged Election 2016
The Supreme Court guts campaign finance reform, eliminating the annual cap in total donations made to candidates. The Court already declared money is speech, corporations are people, and that corporations (which are thriving) and unions (which are dying) can spend unlimited sums of money on ads, recalls and other tools to defeat candidates. This is one of the last nails in the coffin of political equality. If money equals speech, and now billionaires can contribute to thousands of candidates while the rest of us can barely afford to contribute to one or two, then billionaires’ speech is now far more influential than ours (always has been, but now it’s official and legal).
The appointment of corporatists to the Court over the last 35 years has resulted in a country where when it comes to elections, we’re all equal, but some of us are more equal than others.
From Mother Jones:
The State Department has had to rely upon Clinton and her aides to ensure it now has a complete record of her emails. Last October, the department asked secretaries of state going back to Madeleine Albright if any possessed material that should be within the agency’s records system. Within weeks, Clinton handed in those 55,000 pages of email. Her team cites this as an act of transparency on her part. But one need not be a conspiracy theorist to note that there’s no telling if she and her aides hung on to certain emails they did not want to share. In law enforcement parlance, the chain of custody has been tainted.