What’s your take on the Citizens United case?
My 87-year-old dad and his friends are continuing their weekly political discussions. At last check-in, the topic was labeling GMO foods.
This time it’s the Supreme Court case allowing unlimited contributions to political campaigns.
For perspective: English politicians are limited to £30,000 per seat in parliament (around $45,000).
Here in the USA, the Koch brothers have budgeted $889 million for 2016. A super pac has piled up tens of millions for Jeb Bush. Hillary Clinton’s head fundraiser was tasked with raising $1 billion. The Las Vegas Sands has given $70 million to Republicans, Soros Fund Management $45 million to Democrats.
My dad (a practicing Catholic) writes to his correspondent:
You asked me why five Catholic Supreme Court Judges would reach an absurd decision that Corporations, which are creatures of legislation, are Constitutionally privileged “persons.” These characters were raised with a concept of a “Body Of Christ”: a group organism like a school of fish. It is a small step from fish on Friday to fishing for campaign money.
How do you think things will shake out with all this money flowing to campaign coffers?