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George Clooney’s Reality Bomb: Most Of Money Raised Going To Democrats Not Clinton

By Jason Easley on Sun, Apr 17th, 2016

Politicus USA

George Clooney pointed out on Meet The Press that the overwhelming majority of the money that his fundraisers with Hillary Clinton are bringing in is going to Democrats down ballot, not Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
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George Clooney seems to have a better grasp on the realities of our current campaign finance system than many of the protesters. Clooney is trying to raise money to help Democrats win seats in the House and take back the Senate. The actor gets it. Electing a president is not enough. America will need a Democratic Congress to go with a Democratic president.

Since Citizens United, there have been two competing schools of thought within the left. Some Democrats have argued that, as Clooney said, in order to beat the corrupt dark money in politics system it must be destroyed from within. The rationale is that without controlling the levers of power, Democrats won’t be able to change the system. There is some merit to this argument. The Republican-controlled Congress has demonstrated how willing Republicans are to ignore the will of the people.
If Democrats don’t win the presidential election, they won’t get to see the next Supreme Court justice that could be the vote to overturn Citizen United seated. If Democrats don’t take back the House and get 60 votes in the Senate, there will never be a new piece of legislation that strengthens the campaign finance laws passed in Congress.
The other side of the coin is the argument that a corrupt campaign finance system can’t be changed by those who participate in it. This is the argument that Bernie Sanders and many progressive activists make. Sanders has demonstrated an amazing ability to be competitive in a presidential primary by raising money through small individual donations, but there are questions concerning the limitations to the small donor system. Would Bernie Sanders be able to raise the billions of dollars needed for a general election only with small donors? So far, no one has been brave enough to find out.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter which method one prefers, outside of Republicans, there is a great deal of consensus that Citizens United has to got to go.
With both Democratic candidates on record supporting the overturning of Citizens United, the country has never been closer to getting reversing the disgraceful Supreme Court decision. However, getting rid of Citizens United is just the first step in fixing the campaign finance system. A less corrupt system should not be the end. The goal should be a system of publicly funded elections that takes the power away from the wealthy and special interests, and hands it back to the people.


NOTE:  The late Rosemary Clooney’s nephew and one of the most well known and instantly recognizable men on Planet Earth, is also plenty smart too!  (Then too, I would never kick him out of my bed!)

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