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Thursday, January 21, 2010


The best "democracy" money can buy

California Gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman (former eBay CEO) has donated $20 million more to her own campaign, bringing the total to $39 million. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, has "only" donated $19 million. And this is only the Republican primary! No telling how much more will go down in the actual election.

Just as a little math exercise, that $58 million (so far!) is more than half the amount the U.S. has pledged (emphasis on the word "pledged"; such pledges have a long history of being just words) to help Haiti, a place where the literal lives of tens of thousands of people hang in the balance based on the availability of funds for aid.

Update: This just in:

In a 5-4 decision that strikes down a 1907 law, the justices say the 1st Amendment gives corporations, just like individuals, a right to spend their own money on political ads for federal candidates.
Corporations as people - the worst decision the Supreme Court never made.

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