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PACS: Do zillionaires get to call the shots now?

Letter by Jerry Beckendorf, Puyallup on Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm | 20 Comments »
February 28, 2012 2:41 pm

As a Republican turned Democrat I’ve been aware of the high cost of campaigns but state and national politicians had to adhere to strict campaign donation limits from individuals and organizations.

The Citizens United Supreme Court decision last year changed all that. Now companies are people, and unlimited campaign donations are “free speech.” Google the names of the supporters of Republican presidential candidates: Mitt Romney (Frank VanderSloot), Rick Santorum (Foster “aspirin between the knees” Friess and William Dore), Newt Gingrich (Sheldon Adelson, the anti-union casino owner) and Ron Paul (Libertarian Peter Thiel).

All of these men are hiding under the cloak of a super PAC where they are supposed to have minimal direct contact with the candidate and yet seem to appear with them all the time. Millions have come from these five multimillionaires.

Former Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said we could speed up the process by letting the zillionaires get together, decide who they like for president, Congress, governors and state legislators and avoid all that voting fuss.

If you prefer the pre-super PAC system, help pass disclosure legislation and eventually overturn Citizens United.

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