February 21, 2014


Who Gets Rich Off Campaigns?

Lee Aitken: "Did this torrent of money--raised and spent under the new rules of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision--make anyone rich? Did it create new financial incentives that changed the way the game is played or altered the political discourse? Has it, as some argue, bankrolled the polarization of America?"

"These legitimate questions are difficult to answer under current disclosure laws. And the U.S. press has been oddly complacent about that fact, continuing a tradition that puts the financial gains of political operatives--who are great sources and valued customers of the big media companies--off limits. The presumption seems to be that these men and women are motivated by ideology and personal loyalty, their payoff, if any, just a happy coincidence and a private matter."










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