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Newt Gingrich: the spawn of Citizens United

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In its Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court upended our democratic elections by decreeing that corporations and uber-wealthy individuals can dump unlimited sums of cash into campaigns to elect their favored candidates. Astonishingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy declared in his majority opinion that such a gusher of special-interest money would not "give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption." Who knew so much political naivete could be cloaked in a single judicial robe?

Justice Kennedy, meet Sheldon Adelson -- a product of your cluelessness about how real politics work. For years, this casino baron has spent lavishly on right-wing front groups to advance his personal agenda, including pouring money into Newt Gingrich.

The billionaire and The Newt became symbiotic buddies in the mid-nineties, bonding over their shared fondness for crushing labor unions. Adelson was bitterly fighting Nevada unions, pushing a state law to crimp worker rights. Gingrich, then the House Speaker, endorsed Adelson's Nevada legislation and also backed a tax break in Congress for casinos. In turn, Gingrich got campaign cash, funding to support him after being drummed out of office in disgrace in 1998, free rides on Adelson's corporate jet, and backing for his present run for the presidency. In the past, the biggest personal check he could've taken from his casino sugar daddy was $5,000. After the Supreme's Citizens United edict, however, Adelson can go all in to push his willing servant into the White House.

So Newt got $5 million from Adelson to buy his recent South Carolina victory and another $5 million from Sheldon's wife, Miriam, to advance Gingrich in Florida. And next... well, there's no telling, is there Justice Kennedy, since you've legalized unlimited funds for the blatant corruption of America's elections?

"Montana Takes On Citizens United," The New York Times, January 24, 2012.

"A Big Check, And Gingrich Gets a Big Lift," The New York Times, January 10, 2012.

"Super PAC for Gingrich To Get $5 Million Infusion," The New York Times, January 24, 2012.

"Casino mogul's $5 million check to pro-Gingrich group a harbinger of GOP help to come," www.iwatchnews.org, January 9, 2012.

 

Jim Hightower is an American populist, spreading his message of democratic hope via national radio commentaries, columns, books, his award-winning monthly newsletter (The Hightower Lowdown) and barnstorming tours all across America.

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