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August 1, 2015

Be Careful What You Wish For: Citizens United and the GOP

Citizens United has created a new dynamic within the Republican Party. Call it the politics of plutocratic patrons, and at the moment it is causing the GOP to eat itself alive. With the caps lifted on spending, any candidate who can find a wealthy patron can make a perfectly credible run at the nomination. Marco Rubio found Norman Braman; Rick Santorum is being backed by multi-millionaire ultra-conservative Foster Friess. And all GOP hopefuls make pilgrimages to Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers. The winners in this politics of plutocratic patrons are, naturally, candidates who would otherwise have no hope of being taken seriously but who have caught the fancy of some free-spending plutocrat.

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