Keep Money Out of Politics

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, October 29, 2012 9:14 EDT
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Still sitting in Brooklyn as the first traces of the storm start to hit NYC. I’m optimistic that we won’t lose power or internet, but in case it does happen, I want to draw attention to this campaign that Pandagon is partnering with unPAC on, protesting the impact of money on politics through art projects and plastering this image everywhere.

Citizens United was a big deal when it happened, but I suspect a lot of liberals are relaxing about it during this election, because it doesn’t seem that unlimited spending from Super PACs has really influenced the contest between Romney and Obama. But that doesn’t mean much; a lot of us were predicting right away that the presidential campaigns would be the least affected, because the counterbalance of mainstream media attention tends to drown out the effect ads have. The concern is much more that the flood of anonymous money can instead swing local and state elections, i.e. people who actually write legislation in this country.

After this election, people who give money to Super PACs will have gone an election cycle and will have seen the impact that a dollar can have on an election, and they’ll probably start seeing this, too, that money spent on presidential campaigns may not mean much, but on local and state campaigns, it can make a huge difference. That will likely mean they’ll be turning more money to those campaigns, and unless all their favored candidates come out and say things that make it clear they don’t really think of rape as a crime, that’s going to matter.

So check out unPAC and share the image above far and wide. The damage of Citizens United can’t just be ignored, but has to be on the table.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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