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Re: “The political spending tidal wave: Enter the billionaires

According to overtopsecret.com investigation:

"When it comes to the combination of institutional lobbying, 527 group donations and PAC expenditures, Koch Industries far out-spends Soros’ hedge fund and think tank, $57.4 million to $12.8 million. Most of this money is attributable to lobbying expenditures.

"Soros and the Koch brothers have all donated to federal political campaigns and committees. While Soros has far out-spent the Koch brothers in donating to 527 groups, especially when considering his incredible $23.7 million in donations to the groups between 2003 and 2004, the Koch brothers have donated more money to federal candidates and committees.
- See more at: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread721034/pg1#sthash.MDiOuD1P.dpuf

Koch brothers also spent about the same as 11 major unions representing millions of workers.

Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal."
Animal Farm(Orwell).................."Some are more equal than others."

Conclusion: democracy is corrupted by the use of vast wealth to buy elections, politicians, policies, laws, and subsidies. Anyone who gives money to a politician should go to prison, as under the Tillman Act from 1908.

The oligarchs have used their wealth to purchase laws which make purchasing laws legal.

This is a corrupt model, in which plutocracy which displaces democracy, immediately becomes kleptocracy.

Many nations have public finance of elections and they are far less corrupt and far more democratic. But the US has fallen under the political philosophy of Founding Father John Jay: "Those who own the country should govern it."

Another historically apt name for this situation is corporate fascism, or as Mussolini called it: corporatocracy, the rule of the private corporations.

Nothing fundamental will ever change until we make bribery a crime punished with prison.

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Posted by Dale Ruff on 05/18/2014 at 7:25 PM


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