Mexico is headed for a recount in its Presidential election

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The PRI party, which ran Mexico for more than four generations, looked like it was headed for an easy win – collecting 38% of the vote in the recent election. But, due to “inconsistencies” in the vote tallies, more than half of all the ballots will be recounted. The runner-up in the contest is refusing to concede defeat until after a full recount.

The recount is taking place amid allegations that the PRI Party bought votes with pre-paid gift cards. According to reports – shortly after the election, thousands of Mexico City residents went shopping with gift cards they claimed were given to them in exchange for their vote. The PRI's campaign is accused of spending $5 million on the gift cars.

This sounds obviously wrong to us, but is it really any different than the Koch brothers dropping hundreds of millions of dollars into gifts to TV stations and networks, and advertising? Thanks to Citizens United, we no longer have a democracy that sets an example for the rest of the world.

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