Thursday, October 14, 2010


After the Citizens United decision - which I wrote about here, here and here - it was quite clear that the door was open for corporate America and others to start dumping lots of money into our political system. What I didn't expect was that it would get so bad so fast.

First, Fox News started showing it's colors by donating $1 million to the GOP. We're now learning that apart from U.S. foreign-based affiliates making contributions, more than 80 foreign companies have donated at least $885,000 to the U.S. Chamber Commerces' 501(c)(6) entity, the same account that finances the Chamber's $75 million dollar partisan attack ad campaign.

If a major media firm like Fox News Corporation (which is owned by a foreigner) and wealthy foreigners can directly contribute to U.S. groups in an effort to influence elections, we need to ask ourselves whether America is now legally up for sale.

Seriously. Where's the Country First crowd on this one?

- Mark

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