The Washington Post reported that “independent” political operations have spent $80 million so far, five times as much as in the 2006 election. The vast majority of that money is being spent on behalf of conservatives to defeat Democratic candidates in the midterms.
More than half of the money is coming from undisclosed donors with patriotic-sounding names akin to “Americans For Apple Pie” and “Lovers of the Stars and Stripes” — and now it appears there is even evidence of foreign corporation contributing to Republicans in this election. There is no way to find out for sure where the money is coming from, and no requirement to disclose the identity of contributors until a full year AFTER the election, if ever. But we all know and Ed Gillespie have organized much of this corporate effort to buy and control the levers of power in America.
Thus far, everybody seems a bit gobsmacked by the scope of this. It’s sort of come out of nowhere (though what did we expect, given that court ruling?) I haven’t even seen much commentary on it yet… just a general appalled silence and an undercurrent of deep alarm. For Democrats it’s sort of like coming home to find a “For Sale” sign on the lawn, and learning your estranged spouse has put the place up for sale without consulting you.
So.. .what do we think about this? What can be done about it?