By Robert Schlesinger |
The pre-super PAC era was no halcyon day of U.S. politics. But things are far, far worse thanks to the super PACs and the flood of campaign money from the superwealthy and corporations facilitated by the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Three key ways the Super PACs are debasing our democracy:
It is true that the absurdity of the super PACs has provided wonderful material for Stephen Colbert. But the damage being wreaked on our democracy is no laughing matter.
We need to fix not only the flawed Federal Election Commission decisions enabling super PACs, but the Citizens United decision that underlies the profusion of election spending by corporations and the superrich. That will require a constitutional amendment--an uphill fight, to be sure, but momentum is fast growing. For more on the movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our democracy, see democracyisforpeople.org.
About Robert Weissman President of Public Citizen
Jennifer Marsico Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute