Democracy, Ink

Published — September 28, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

OPINION: Citizen$ United


On the campaign trail the other day, Mitt Romney was asked what the “big idea” of his campaign was. He answered, “Freedom.”

Funny that he didn’t follow that up by discussing what our voting system, the voting system that defines our ability to be free, has devolved into. On one hand, we have several states attempting to put laws in place that disenfranchise voters by forcing them to jump through hoops in order to obtain proper documentation to vote.

On the other, donors to super PACs are subverting disclosure laws by giving their money to nonprofit sub-branches, allowing anonymous donations to fund political activity and purchase elections.

That doesn’t seem like “freedom” to me.

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