So-called "mega donors" are upset that their campaign contributions are being exposed to public view, ignoring our right to know who is giving money to candidates -- and the opportunity to try to figure out why. The sound you hear is the world's smallest violin, say, a teeny-tiny Stradivarius insured for millions.
Jacob Sullum sees no cause for concern in the tidal wave of political spending by wealthy donors unleashed by the Supreme Court. You might view this statement as incredible given recent history and odd given that the source is "Reason" magazine, where one would expect facts as well as assertions. What are the facts?
It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.
Karl Rove has millions of dollars to indulge his political id. So while we may be in a weird period of focus-group recommended restraint these days, don't expect the restraint to continue. There are reasons for this. It's an article of faith among a large portion of the GOP base that Sen. John McCain lost in 2008 because he wasn't willing to throw heat at Barack Obama and turn the month of October into an all-Jeremiah-Wright-all-the-time sick-a-doo fiesta. Last week's revelation of a proposed ad campaign to do just that served as a reminder that there are plenty of people with money to burn who've a yen to fight the 2012 battle from the gutter. And if Republicans are reminded too much of McCain's perceived failures as they watch Romney prosecute the Obama administration in a too-gentle fashion, they could end up discouraged.
The super PAC supporting the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama had another lackluster month of fundraising in April, pulling in only $1.58...