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Who's responsible for all these "bad" campaign spots on TV?

Several months ago I posted on what I believed to be the certain outcome of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (see blog posting of May 12, 2010). In that post I did an analysis of the Court's ruling and my opinion of its flawed thinking in extending first amendment rights to campaign financing by corporations. My prediction was that the next election cycle (this one) would unleash the floodgates of unbridled corporate campaign spending. I predicted that campaign television advertising of the past would pale in comparison to the new future created by the Citizens United monster. Well - was I right? The truth is it didn't take rocket science brain power to figure this one out, and I certainly wasn't the first one to say it. But, now is the reality. I counted 6 campaign spots in a row last night. Each one seemed more negative than the other. It wouldn't bother me quite as much if any of them had any real content. Who writes these things? They are all badly scripted and written by angry people who seem to be inciting anger in the viewer.  How is anger productive to the process of finding solutions to our grave problems? I don't' think they have solutions and maybe that's the message. Solutions to most complicated problems often occur as the result of cooperation and team work. If there's one thing I learned from playing sports and being in the military and that is - the team always comes first. Teams that are having losing season can often blame lack of leadership and team attitude to their demise. Sometimes even with good leadership players are hung-up in their own self-interest and make the problem worse. Just an observation.  The money financing these negative campaigns is often difficult to trace. Many of the TV spots are produced and paid for by Political Action Committees (PACs). PACs do not have to report the names of the individuals or corporations that fund their efforts. Many PACs have very innocuous names like, The Club for Growth, which is a conservative Republican based PAC. Non PAC contributors like you and me are limited in how much we can contribute to a particular candidate but not PACs. Candidates must report the names of those who contribute above a certain amount but not the names of the PAC contributors. I like many of colleagues contribute to PACs who support the rights of our clients. PACs are not necessarily a bad thing but without regulation they can be used by special interest groups who are much better financed to promote their own self interest. We need real campaign reform and we need the Supreme Court to recognize that people are not the same as corporations whose resources are far greater than mine and yours. Dennis F Feeley    


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