Do You Wonder....

How a man who’s been lying to the American people for over a year – has offshore bank accounts – and pays a lower tax rate on his hundreds of millions of dollars than most working Americans – is somehow neck and neck in the polls to be President of the United States? The answer…a lot of corporate money. If Mitt Romney wins the presidency next week – he’ll have a lot of investors to thank for it. New data from the Federal Elections Commission shows that massive amounts of SuperPAC money, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, is flowing into the Romney campaign.

More than $840 million has been spent so far on this election by SuperPACs and other political creatures – and the vast majority of that spending has benefited Republicans. About $577 million has been spent by Conservatives – which is 69% of the total outside money spent. With spending expected to accelerate in this final week – total outside spending will top a billion dollars for the first time in our nation’s history.

What’s worse is we have no idea who these secret oligarchs are that are investing huge amounts of money in helping Mitt Romney get elected. While SuperPACs do have to disclose their donors, many non-profit groups don’t. And those non-profits that favor Republicans have outspent Democratic nonprofits 8-to-1 this election. If it all pays off for the oligarchs, then they’ll have one of their own in the White House – a pirate equity guy who has made his living devouring the American economy for his own personal gain.

This is a freak show election – and should wake us all up to the dangers of too much money in politics. Go to MoveToAmend.org.

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Global's picture
Global 10 years 21 weeks ago
#1

Yep, where does all the involuntarily collected union dues go in the political landscape. Talk about payoff and cronyism.

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silvanet 10 years 21 weeks ago
#2

Well, it's not just b/c of a lot of corporate money. It's what that money has bought - lying propaganda. Unfortunately, our political tradition has always accepted political deception and misinformation as acceptable practices. How can a citizenry ever be informed when truth does not matter?

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Palindromedary 10 years 21 weeks ago
#3

I don't know how many people pay any attention to the political junk mail they get but I never let these flashy fliers influence me to vote against my best interests. For a while, I was scrutinizing them to determine who was really behind them...knowing full well that most were very likely backed by those who really did not have my best interests in mind...ie: Republicans. I certainly hope that most thinking Americans throw these things right into the trash and never let them influence them into voting against their best interests.

Here is one example of the trickery and deceit:

Take one very sneaky mailer from an outfit called Californians Vote Green. Even the predominant background color is green. It even has a picture of Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein on the lower left corner. In large print it says "VOTE for a GREENER CALIFORNIA!" How can anyone think this was a trick or deception by a group out to get you to vote the wrong way?

Then it highlights some of the propositions they want you to vote for (or against). Most are, in fact, in agreement with the official Democrat and Green Party websites. Most people, by this point will be convinced this is what they should vote for. But there is one that they sneak in that is opposite to the official Democrat and Green party websites. It says NO on 37. The Democrat and Green party web sites say to vote YES on 37, the Food Labeling proposition. On the back of the mailer are more propositions. Both prop 31 and prop 37 are opposite to the Green and Democrat recommendations. If you look at the disclaimer notice to voters: it says that this Californians Vote Green outfit is "not an official political party organization and goes on to say that it "does not necessarily imply endorsement of others appearing in this mailer"....like Obama and Feinstein maybe? Very deceptive! I wonder how many people this will trip up when they go to vote?

Go to the official Democrat Party and Green Party web sites and you will see they virtually agree on the California propositions. The Republican Party web site is completely opposite. The Republican Party is in complete opposition to the majority of American's best interests and they have to resort to deception and trickery to compete.

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Palindromedary 10 years 21 weeks ago
#4

Unions represent the best interests of the majority of hard working Americans. Anti-union entities, ie: the corporate elite, are only interested in screwing the majority of Americans and amassing great wealth for the top of the economic pyramid.

Global's picture
Global 10 years 21 weeks ago
#5

Union fat cats don't give a hoot about the working class they just want to hang on to political power, and the workers will wake up to this sham eventually. The worm is turning.

CharlesHMcGill 10 years 21 weeks ago
#6

Corporate CEO fat cats don't give a hoot about the working class they just want to keep increasing their already huge political power, and the workers will wake up to this sham eventually.

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dowdotica 10 years 21 weeks ago
#7

...and you know what? the brainwashing is working.

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Musiclady 10 years 21 weeks ago
#8

I am wondering why MSNBC doesn't fight back and start sharing stories about Mitt Romney such as the one that was in Salon magazine tying him to the Meningitis outbreak. I have yet to hear anywhere on mainstream media about that. What about the story of Mitt Romney's 20 million dollar FDIC bank bailout when he went to the bank and threatened to sell off Bain Assets, give his CEOs big severance packages and then file for bankruptcy if he wasn't allowed to pay the loan back at 30 cents on the dollar. I don't find this money spending on Romney's campaign that surprising at all, given the Bush Tax Cuts are due to expire and the Corporates are really worried. The masses in this country seem to believe anything and the GOP have been masters of spin. This is how Hitler got elected telling one lie after another the difference is we have mass media that will show any campaign commercial whether it is based in fact or not as long as it is paid for.

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Musiclady 10 years 21 weeks ago
#9

My guess it will trip up everyone of them. I doubt people are as astute at nitpicking small details from the mailers they get. Your post has certainly opened my eyes and will cause me to check closer at the mailings that I get.

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paranoid 10 years 21 weeks ago
#10

It's too many ignorant people to really make any difference now,but nevertheless there will be

a positive change coming soon. This is happening all over the world at this juncture and

that's a positive outcome, or the world will have many white slaves joining the ranks real soon.

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akunard 10 years 21 weeks ago
#11

4 years ago I was thinking the same thing about the Dems. Diden't Obama out spend J. Mc 2 to 1?

historywriter's picture
historywriter 10 years 21 weeks ago
#12

I keep reading comments like this, and I wonder why because there are verified answers -- at least in the amount union spend, because unions MUST DISCLOSE their contributions and businesses and corporations do not. "Corporate interests spend a lot more than unions on lobbying as well as elections. So if business interests' undisclosed political expenditures are in the same proportion to the disclosed ones—as union political expenditures disclosed through Department of Labor filings are to ones businesses also disclose—then unions are still vastly outspent."

I've heard the figure 14 to 1 in terms of corporate and business spending compared to unions. And companies are threatening their employees with suggestions they may lose their jobs if Romney does not win.

historywriter's picture
historywriter 10 years 21 weeks ago
#13

I keep reading comments like this, and I wonder why because there are verified answers -- at least in the amount union spend, because unions MUST DISCLOSE their contributions and businesses and corporations do not. "Corporate interests spend a lot more than unions on lobbying as well as elections. So if business interests' undisclosed political expenditures are in the same proportion to the disclosed ones—as union political expenditures disclosed through Department of Labor filings are to ones businesses also disclose—then unions are still vastly outspent."

I've heard the figure 14 to 1 in terms of corporate and business spending compared to unions. And companies are threatening their employees with suggestions they may lose their jobs if Romney does not win.

historywriter's picture
historywriter 10 years 21 weeks ago
#14

Now the Romney campaign is running ads saying that GM is shipping jobs for building jeeps to China--even though the GM CEO and others keep saying, No, we're not shipping jobs to China. But, then, I suppose it's only a little white lie as long as it helps our devout Romeny get elected.

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HalFonts 10 years 21 weeks ago
#15

It's not impossible that this election could be a total rout of the Romney challenge -- or, not. There are a lot of folks living on both-sides of ourr alternativse universe. And, there is way too much opportunity for serious Election Fraud, (tolerated by the entrenched sellouts of both parties) -- which this time MUST be proseduted aggressively as Treason, not just swept under-the-rug. Lacking the military to "defend our democracy" (or whatever it is they do); it's up to us The People to demand accountability this time -- irrespective of the political professionals obstructing accountability.

Bottom line: while we must do as much as we can; we're each only responsible for one vote. If we lose this one, and can't regain popular control; it simply means that the US&A isn't ready for recovery -- and perhaps it's time for the US&A to lose it's preeminent world-power status. We'll see soon enough,

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bobbler 10 years 21 weeks ago
#16

I hesitate to respond to trollish comments. Union money is not even a damn dime in the bucket compared to virtually unlimited corporate money.. A more meaningful comment would be that corporate money is used to lie to the voting public. I've worked in a union shop for 28 years, and there are always a pitiful few who complain about union dues. By the clear majority, this is looked upon like someone not wanting to bail water out while the ship is sinking.

historywriter's picture
historywriter 10 years 21 weeks ago
#17

What's the problem? Where is the deception?

Geraldine Rieman 10 years 21 weeks ago
#18

I wonder why MSNBC and other radio and TV stations don't talk about the secret meeting 15 Republicans had the night of the Inauguration of Obama. A meeting to block everything Barack Obama did. Paul Ryan was there. Ryan is scary.

http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=51766&p=1

This should have been brought up at the Democratic convention and on TV. Someone must have told them to keep quiet.

I doubt many Americans know about this.

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David Abbot 10 years 21 weeks ago
#19

The Twain Report
All The News That Mark Twain Says He Would Report If He Was Alive Today

Here is an October surprise that caught even the most jaded political pundits unawares. In fact, it even surprised Mark Twain, who by virtue of being dead and all, is pretty much omniscient: Bain Capital yesterday announced its aquisition of a 72% controlling share of the Victoria's Secret lingerie company.

In a press conference held in his office in a stall in the women's restroom at the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Victoria's Secret's new CEO Moroni Faustimus said, "We have given this a lot of thought, and even conducted a poll of Mormon saints, and we believe that most of the Victoria's Secret client base will not really notice any difference in our product line. After all, with a little fancy stitchery with size ten cotton thread, and a half-inch sisal rope drawstring tied in a sheepshank knot, you can magically transform flour sacks and burlap into underwear that would be the envy of the Borgias."

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Loren Bliss 10 years 21 weeks ago
#20

Few dare admit it, but Citizens United is only half the story.

The other half is the infinitely bitter truth we are cursed to live in Moron Nation -- to dwell amidst the most pridefully ignorant, venomously conformist, malevolently anti-intellectual, viciously bigoted citizenry in the industrial world.

Motivated by a toxic combination of Ayn Rand greed, Ku Klux racism and Christian fanaticism, white U.S. voters have a long and hideous history of economic, ecological and political suicide.

Like no other electorate on this sad planet, they can be depended upon to reliably vote against their own interests whenever some cabal of tyrants spends sufficient money to activate the fascist reflexes and lynch-mob instincts that are the defining characteristics of most U.S. Caucasians.

Historically, the only exception was the New Deal era, and that only because of a confluence of circumstances the Ruling Class will never allow to happen again. The Great Depression shattered Moron Nation's imbecilic faith in capitalism and opened the typically closed USian mind to (momentary) realization that without economic democracy, there is no democracy at all. At the same time, the Soviet Union in the person of the Comintern and the U.S. Communist Party was ready with a consciousness-raising apparatus sufficiently powerful to rouse a majority of white USians from their everyday trance of greedy self-obsession and thrust them into the (brief) enlightenment that gave birth to the New Deal.

Since then -- thanks mostly to the Big Lie propaganda techniques refined by Hitler and Goebbels and eagerly adopted by Madison Avenue -- Moron Nation has reverted to its true form. To those with eyes to see, the transition was apparent as early as 1948 (Taft-Hartley) and undeniable by 1968 (the Nixon presidency).

The Republican landslide I fear will fall upon us next Tuesday will be a death sentence for every lower-income elderly and disabled person in the United States, myself included. It will be the end of female freedom and equality as well.

But if that repugnant probability comes to pass, it will in fact be nothing more than the final chapter of a story that began with the Bankers Plot of 1934, when the grandfathers of today's USian Ruling Class took Hitler and Mussolini as their role models and tried to make the U.S. the fourth partner in the Berlin-Rome-Tokyo axis.

In this dismal context, all Citizens United did was ensure Moron Nation is forever -- that is, until capitalism's war against women and Nature reduces our species to extinction.

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Johnnie Dorman 10 years 21 weeks ago
#21

You're full of it, Global, the labor union representatives are voted in by the laborers, "the people." When is the last time you voted for a corporate CEO to represent you? Labor unions are how the people counteract the fat cat's self interests. The Neo-con worm is turning in your brain.

Eric in Portland 10 years 21 weeks ago
#22

There's overwhelming support for more public disclosure (the DISCLOSE act or something like it). Depending on the exact question, roughly 80% of us are in favor of more disclosure.

That fact has to start being talked about all the time. And every time it's mentioned, it must be stressed that the roughly 80% number is true whether you're asking Republicans or Democrats, and so why are Republicans in congress blocking the DISCLOSE act? That has to just keep getting hammered and hammered. All the time. Over and over.

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js121 10 years 21 weeks ago
#23

Last night, it was reported that the UAW is taking the GOP to court over the recent bold-faced lie concerning Jeep....Yahooooo! The lies are rampant, extreme, and hurtful to those that are incapable of sorting out truth from fiction. It's been part of our process - probably always - but, notably with Reagan - who was the 1st of the "New Right" presidents. What bothers me the most, is that the "New Right" took over the Republican Party and are such snakes that they can't come right out and tell the base who they really are. They aren't Republicans at all!!! Paul Weyrich's ideology is true and steadfast with these people and unless and until the American People call them by their true name - they will be allowed to continue the lies and deceit. How many people who call themselves Republicans would actually vote for the "New Right" if they knew their true agenda? In addition, the real effort of Stealing our Votes will happen successfully for the NewRight - AGAIN!! This time, they have removed by law, our means of catching it. Eliminating Exit Polls from 19 States and passing laws so we can no longer verify the counts will be our downfall. The Feds need to revise and make it a constitutional Right to Vote!! No more machines owned by the Romney's!! No more candidates that have Preferred Shares in Diebold, Hart, Scytl, Dominion or ESS machines. They are corruptible - easily - and word has gotten out too slow to stop it from happening again. How did Bush win? Election Fraud - BOTH times!! This has got to stop!!

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jfyooper 10 years 21 weeks ago
#24

one were to take the Super Pack monies and divide it into the number of rich that gave it, and came out with a percentage. Added this percent to their income tax, what percent of tax would the rich be paying? If it is required that they pay this amount of tax, it affects job creation.But they willingly give this same amount to their favorite politian. Which this super pac money doesn't help the economy. It only helps the TV and Radio stations which are owned by the pacs' givers. I guess this is called a "return investment" This is probably able to be written off by terming it as giving to a"non-profit" and later by "investment"

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innerjoy 10 years 21 weeks ago
#25

Listening to Gov. Romney’s campaign speeches and the Republican Convention speeches, I am struck by how the issues he raised as the problems in America, the economy, American jobs going overseas all stem from greed. The unsound and risky activities to maximize profits done by the big banks and the Wall Street firms’ meltdowns were done for greed. Corporations moving factories and jobs overseas were done for greed.

As I took in what Gov. Romney was offering in the Republican Party platform I realized that his “answers” to the problems he raised, while coached in “for the people” words, are actually strategies for the wealthy few to make more money. He seems to be saying that the American dream is greed. Two examples are, a ‘small government” is code for doing away with protective regulations on industries so that the wealthy (job creators) may have more freedom to do anything they want, to the environment, industry safety standards, worker salaries, product safety and more. And second, keeping taxes low for corporations and the wealthy in order to continue the now obviously failed “trickle-down” theory of benefiting America is also just code for the wealthy few to continue to not pay their fair share of taxes. So in essence Gov. Romney’s platform [and the Republican platform] thinks greed is the problem, and his solution is to have more greed for the wealthy, wow!

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Bolon Yoktee 10 years 21 weeks ago
#26

It needs an electoral movement, able to encourage everyone to vote to not impose the oligarchies.

Since they are in their right, so the system allowed them.

Electoral processes are junctures of political freedom, only the average citizen has not been aware of it.

Electoral processes are opportunities for civil society exercising democracy in its broadest meaning, without reducing it to the single issue of a secret ballot, but publishing their demands through NGOs and social movements, conditioning to the candidates to give tangible proof of their commitment to fulfill this demands to vote for them, on the understanding that the essence of an electoral process will not be choice rulers, but the agreement to collaborate with them on the satisfaction of social demands.

As communicators you should use this perverse oligarchies pretension to also speculate and manipulate conditioning to political parties to submit in Congress before November 6 a legislative proposal like the following so that your audience vote for their candidates:

-Elected rulers and public officials are obliged to consensus their decisions and management of public resources with civil society through the free participation of voluntary, independent, autonomous and honorary citizens. So that actions and management of public funds of rulers and officials are subject to legal process (dismissal and criminal prosecution) if they fail to abide by any agreement or in consultation with civil society.

-Each officer or ruler may convene meetings of discussion and decision of agreements, or let a Consensus Act in his Office or web site, where each person who wants to participate will vote in favor or against the government plan and budget, subscribing with his name and any identifying information. So that everyone can be convinced that every action and spending that is running the Government had at least the support of 50% + 1 of the people affected.

- In the case of governmental plans rejected by civil society, this will have to organize sessions to analyze and discuss, in person or via technology, and formulate alternative proposals through Agreed Minutes sent to officials and rulers, to consider these in the redesign that they will have to make of their plans.

The political party that dared to make this legislative proposal to Congress would win enough votes for a clear victory in the election.

But of course the Republicans would be less willing to take this democratic progress. Instead Obama from his position as president has all the facilities to convene Congress to develop the legislative proposal immediately.

In remote case and given their ability to lie, that Republicans do so before, Democrats could express their complete disposal and make arrangements to pass the amendment before November 6, winning the most votes.

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alisharose 10 years 21 weeks ago
#27

what am i missing here? why does thom rant about super pacs more than he does about the nonprofit pacs? those ones are the ones that allow secrecy & unlimited spending. right? the supreme courts citizen united decision didnt affect that. right? the nonprofit: five o one three c were already in place. right?

alisharose's picture
alisharose 10 years 21 weeks ago
#28

you are not being truthful. union fat cats can be voted out by union members. however, in the corporate world, the employees cant do that.

alisharose's picture
alisharose 10 years 21 weeks ago
#29

you are not being truthful. union fat cats can be voted out by union members. however, in the corporate world, the employees cant do that.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 20 weeks ago
#30

Musiclady: I imagine most people will just throw these mailers in the garbage...which is what I was originally going to do until I got the idea that it would be interesting to see how many of these flashy mailers were being sent by the ones with all of the money. I sure hope that more people, if they are undecided or confused about the propositions, check them out at the official Democrat and/or Green Parties who both virtually agree with how to vote on the issues. If people can just totally ignore the mailers and the commercials and go to the official Party websites to use as a guide on how to vote then they will not be accidentally voting against their best interests.

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Palindromedary 10 years 20 weeks ago
#31

Most people are very concerned about what profit motivated corporations (not to be trusted) try to sell us as food. People want to know what is in their food and have a right to know before they buy it. When the food industry tries to pull a sneaky one on us we should be aware of what they are doing. The food industry is spending a lot of money trying to defeat Prop 37, the food labeling proposition, and they obviously are now resorting to trickery in order to get unwary people to vote against their best interests. Both the Green Party and the Democrat Party are in favor of Prop 37...they want labeling that will show weather or not food being sold to us is genetically modified. The food industry doesn't want their customers to have all the facts to make decisions on whether to buy and eat the food products that are genetically modified. Genetically modified foods have been very profitable for the food industry and they are making a killing (and this could very well be a very literal statement). The Republican Party is against Prop 37...right in line with the wishes of the giant food corporations.

The deception comes with the Green name they use to represent themselves, the picture of both Obama and Feinstein and the pretension of their support of other issues that may be recognized as left/liberal/Green/Democrat recommendations. Then, in small print on the back, they effectively said that they were not really an official political organization and that Obama and Feinstein may not necessarily support their suggestions.

Looks very sneaky to me. Pretty obvious this is a trick to get voters to vote against their best interests so that the food industry can avoid labeling their food as GMO food.

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