Citizens United: One Year Later

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    ISS - One year after Citizens United

    More after the jump. I would think that all of us can agree that more transparency is a good thing, especially when it comes to which interests are buying candidates.
     
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    "...with the biggest share by far benefiting Republicans."

    Why the wiggle words...give us the numbers.
     
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    And?
     
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    CU didn't address a lot of issues, transparency concerning the actual source of funds being one of them. The organization or company has to disclose who is running the ad, but where did the money actually come from?

    Good question, and one that should be addressed when CU comes up again - as it will.
     
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    I am wondering though, what is Modbert's point? Democrats outspent Republicans in 2008, and it went the other way last year. Is this bad because the Republicans had more money this time, or is it actually bad for another reason?
     
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    Read his comment at the end of he piece. He's asking about transparency - which is a very good question.

    The partisan breakdown doesn't surprise me this time around. I'd like to know where that cash came from though - on both sides.

    Remember the CU dissent and the warnings concerning foreign participation in the political process. It would be eye opening to see how many took advantage of the loophole they were given to use foreign contributions.
     
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    Isn't there at least one other thread on this topic?
    Maybe, just maybe, spending increased because 2010 was a hotly contested election with lots of voter participation and interest? Just a guess there.
    And so what? So what if spending icnreased 1000%? Even more? We need MORE money in politics, not less. Less money benefits incumbents, who get news coverage for free.

    The whole post is filled with unwarranted assumptions and unsupported allegations.
    So yet another FAIL for Juniorbert, who ought to be doing his homework instead of posting with the grownups.
     
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    Depends on what he means by transparency. He has never had a problem with massive campaign spending when the Democrats benefit, and I need proof before I would equate spending with purchased candidates.
     
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    Paging Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina.
     
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    We clearly have the best government that money can buy.
     
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