Tom Friedman at NYT: Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?

From Comments at NYT, on Tom Friedman’s piece below:

A Centrist
New York, NY Yesterday

What a surprise. Big money allowed to run amok in politics leads to undue influence, to a dialogue controlled by, and policy unduly influenced by the few. Is there any doubt Adelson and his ilk coordinated the “Bibi in Congress” show, or this treasonous letter to Iran? Citizens United will be the undoing of this nation.

Shame – SHAME – on you, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts and Kennedy. May your days be short, and may you be forever remembered as the self-centered tools of the moneyed and powerful who destroyed the American dream.

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The influence of Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and financial backer of right-wing causes, is being felt in both the United States and Israel.|By Thomas L. Friedman


Mining for Influence in Montana, by Brian Schweitzer, NYT

“All this is in jeopardy, though, thanks to the Supreme Court and its infamous Citizens United ruling. In February the court notified the office of Montana’s commissioner of political practices, which oversees state campaigns, that until further notice, we may no longer enforce our anti-corruption statute, specifically our restriction on corporate money.

The court, which will make a formal ruling on the law soon, cited in the 2010 Citizens United case that corporations are people, too, and told us that our 110-year effort to prevent corruption in Montana had likely been unconstitutional. Who knew?”