Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unrestricted Campaign Contributions and Watergate: There is a Connection

If you're wondering why there are so many campaign ads this midterm election and why so many of them are attack ads, and why most of them are attacking incumbent Democrats, look no further than last spring's Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case. That decision, on First Amendment grounds, allowed unlimited anonymous donations to private groups who in turn are unlimited in their campaign spending.

But what that decision does is to make legal what used to be illegal and which earned people trials and convictions during the Watergate years. Read on to learn more:

"Return of the Secret Donors," New York Times

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