PAC influence distorted 2012 race

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Washington Post
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 12:55 AM

This marked the first presidential election since Watergate to be underwritten entirely by private money.

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davehougNov. 7, 12 6:56 AM

What would we think of a 3rd world country that sold the presidency to the highest bidder and didn't even reveal who all the favors were owed to???? How do ask for money again from your big donors after ignoring their policy demands???? THIS JUST SMELLS BAD

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overnunderNov. 7, 12 7:26 AM

And then there's the money that is not accounted for. Like NBC Nightly News 'following the candidates' days before the election and then interviewing Obama, letting him spew his campaign rhetoric. And at the same time, telling us how the Romney campaign was doing things all wrong, with no equal interview time for Romney. This was not journalism, as they would try and make you believe - this was NBC campaigning for Obama. Or what about putting Obama on the Tonight Show for the time equivalent of two guests, just days before the election? These all cost money, but I don't expect anyone will bother finding a way to quantify it.

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hobie2Nov. 7, 12 7:47 AM

Hey, ease up. Corporations are people, too.

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traderbillNov. 7, 1212:04 PM

Hobie, hope those agreeing with you saw that it was tongue in cheek. I am in favor of treating them as people and giving them full rights...IF, we can find a way to send them to jail. The SuperPac's are bad but the 501(c)(4)'s are totally without controls. Thank you Supreme Court and if Romney had been elected those 5:4 decisions would be going to 6:3 or 7:2 depending on who retires or dies while a sitting justice. Then the right will have succeeded in getting full control of the government and watch your already diminishing rights disappear.

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