Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Influencing Elections Without Voting

by Dick Mac

News Corporation, especially its subsidiaries of Fox News and The New York Post, have been referred to as the media appendage of the Republican Party.

This isn't news, it's not even a stretch. Anybody who pays any attention to the dissemination of information knows that News Corporation broadcasts and distributes the party-line for conservatism, general, and the GOP, specifically.

No other news agency operates in such a complicit manner: not Gannett, not New York Times Corporation, not Time-Warner, no other company perfectly aligns itself with a political party as does News Corporation.

The Supreme Court, today's conservative power base, decided that corporations can spend money on electoral campaigns in the same manner as voting citizens. This is bad news for Americans.

There is so much wrong with this decision that the simple statement that corporations aren't people, and companies can't vote, seem too simplistic to even present as an argument. In reality, though, they are the best arguments: if you can't mark a ballot, you shouldn't be giving money to influence electoral campaigns.

Recently, Target and Best Buy have donated large sums of money to Republican campaigns, and you can probably bet your bottom dollar that every other corporation with an extra nickle in the bank plans on donating that money to the Republcians, as well. Why? They know that Republicans will enact laws that benefit business to the detriment of workers and consumers.

This is bad news for eveyrone, including teabaggers who work for a living.

News Corp. Gives Republicans $1 Million

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