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- Greg Palast - http://www.gregpalast.com - Manchurian Candidates: Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections Posted By Greg Palast On January 21, 2010 @ 11:16 am In Articles | 39 Comments By Greg Palast | Updated from the original report for [1] AlterNet In today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , the Court ruled that corporations should be treated the same as "natural persons", i.e. humans. Well, in that case, expect the Supreme Court to next rule that Wal-Mart can run for President. The ruling, which junks federal laws that now bar corporations from stuffing campaign coffers, will not, as progressives fear, cause an avalanche of corporate cash into politics. Sadly, that's already happened: we have been snowed under by tens of millions of dollars given through corporate PACs and "bundling" of individual contributions from corporate pay- rollers. The Court's decision is far, far more dangerous to U.S. democracy. Think: Manchurian candidates. I'm losing sleep over the millions — or billions — of dollars that could flood into our elections from ARAMCO, the Saudi Oil corporation's U.S. unit; or from the maker of "New Order" fashions, the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Or from Bin Laden Construction corporation. Or Bin Laden Destruction Corporation. Right now, corporations can give loads of loot through PACs. While this money stinks (Barack Obama took none of it), anyone can go through a PAC's federal disclosure filing and see the name of every individual who put money into it. And every contributor must be a citizen of the USA. But under
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course BUS 682 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.

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