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How Citizens United helped Scott Walker win in Wisconsin | Amy Goodman

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Image from a quicklink It's no coincidence he's the first governor to survive recall -- after the supreme court took the cap off corporate campaign finance

Central to Walker's win was a massive infusion of campaign cash, saturating Wisconsin with months of political advertising. His win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

According to Forbes magazine, 14 billionaires made contributions to Walker, only one of whom lives in Wisconsin. Among the 13 out-of-state billionaires was Christy Walton, the widow of John T Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz notes, "the six heirs to the Walmart empire command wealth of $69.7bn, which is equivalent to the wealth of the entire bottom 30% of US society." That is almost 95 million people.

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