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GOP protects dark money

Last September, not one Republican senator voted for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Republican-leaning U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and allow Congress and states to limit the amount and secrecy of money raised and spent in elections.

Although a majority of 54 Democratic or Independent senators, against 42 Republican senators, voted to advance the amendment, it failed to garner the two-thirds vote needed to pass the Senate. Prior enactment of such an amendment would have greatly limited the obscene amount of money spent on political campaigns in the last election, particularly the “dark money” spent by Republican organizations that refuse to reveal the identity of their wealthy donors.

We have long criticized other countries that try to buy elections. At least they do it with a lot less money than we do.

Norm Luther

Spokane


 

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