New Law Allows Unlimited Amounts of Secret Money Into Elections

12-Days-Before-08-Crash-Many-in-Congress-Pulled-their-Money-Out-of-the-Stock-MarketBy Justin Gardner

When a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United in 2010, it reshaped the political landscape by opening the floodgates to what is known as “dark money.” Unlimited amounts of secret cash can now be funneled to political candidates from entities posing as nonprofit organizations, and the public has no right to know who is buying these elected officials.

The biggest beneficiary of the Citizens United case appears to be Hillary Clinton, which is ironic considering that the subject of that case was a film critical of Clinton. She has long been a soldier for corporate interests, from propelling Wal-Mart to enormous proportions during the 1990s to advancing the interests of the military-industrial complex and Big Pharma.

States are now following suit in selling democracy to the highest bidder. On Tuesday, the Arizona house voted 31-27 to allow unlimited amounts of dark money to go into elections, and the bill will be signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey. The governor and Secretary of State Michele Reagan, as well as the representatives who voted for the bill, are themselves major beneficiaries of millions in secret cash from corporate interests. Rep. J.D. Mesnard did not even try to hide the fact that anonymous special interests are more important than the voting public, saying, “I think transparency is generally a good principle, but it is not the overarching principle.”

Gov. Ducey enjoyed $3.5 million in dark money during the 2014 election, while $1.3 million was spent to buy legislators that are now tearing down the remaining barrier to unlimited dark money.

Reagan’s bill would allow 501c4 non-profits to spend as much as they want on ballot measures. Currently, these so-called “social welfare” groups can spend no more than 49 percent of what they collect on political campaigns.

The bill also eliminates reporting requirements for non-profits, meaning you have no hope of ever learning who is funding those independent campaigns that are spending whatever it takes to make sure their guy gets elected.

The Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) demonstrates what can happen when dark money is in control. The utility corporations spent $3.2 million to buy a pair of seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which sets electricity rates. With the new law allowing unlimited dark money, APS is set to buy three other seats this year.

The situation represents the worst that can happen in the collusion of government and corporations in what can be called a corporatocracy.



“We’re voting on something that is going to lead to the downfall of democracy,” Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale, told his colleagues. “We are condoning corporations to spend an unlimited amount of money to potentially buy off or to influence our elections process.”

Republican strategist Chuck Coughlin also decried the sellout of democracy, writing, “Arizonans are demanding light and transparency and are being met with darkness and obfuscation.”

Unfortunately, criticism and exposure appear to have little effect on the juggernaut of the corporatocracy. Corrupt politicians and billionaire special interests are relentless in dismantling whatever obstructions impede their concentration of wealth and power through government.

Justin Gardner writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


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19 Comments on "New Law Allows Unlimited Amounts of Secret Money Into Elections"

  1. The best republic/democracy money can buy makes it a plutocracy.

  2. TellTheTruth-2 | March 31, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Reply

    It’s disgusting to see my country SOLD to the highest bidder. Will Hillary be our next auctioneer?

    • Trump would get us the best bankruptcy restrucuring deal
      Will he be appointed debt czar?

      • TellTheTruth-2 | April 3, 2016 at 9:02 am | Reply

        LOL .. he would be BEST to handle the bankruptcy of the USA and the cancelling of the debt to the Federal Reserve. Don’t you think it would serve the Federal Reserve right for lending money to such a poor credit risk as the “corporate” US Government?

  3. “What difference, at this point, does it make?” – Presidential Wannabe Hillary Clinton

  4. Voting is only for the stupid sheeple to make them think they control something. Humans are slaves.
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  5. leave it to politicians to pass a law that helps them commit fraud on a scale, never before seen!

  6. Dead God…I was hoping this was an April Fools gag…..now I’m gagging….

  7. Mick McNulty | April 1, 2016 at 8:58 am | Reply

    Every man and his dog knows money in politics is to corrupt the political process because who’d pump huge volumes of money into it to receive something they already get? It’s done to buy something else.

  8. SteamMachine | April 1, 2016 at 9:10 am | Reply

    Formalizing the already “too plain to see” corruption as legal, legitimate and normal practice. And the band played on.

  9. All the money in the world be useless to control us if a majority of people would pull their heads out and see the daylight. Otherwise, we remain stuck in Plato’s cave.

  10. Trump Artist | April 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm | Reply

    Donald Trump is the only self funded candidate. Bernie Sanders is a die hard communist and zionist supremacist, the rest of the lot are pure evil scum. Goldman Sachs owns them all but Trump and the Rothschild Bank owns Goldman Sachs. Btw, interesting fact that the Rothschild Bank was behind the EU to bring in immigrant labor decades ago, out of pure greed (and to destroy white civilization).

  11. If trump is blocked by election fraud there will not be a seconf chance for peaceful regime change. The fall of the united socialist state of america will be be delayed and disorderly.

  12. The best democracy money can buy !

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