Political Spending by Secret Donors Only Getting Worse

Thank you, Justice Kennedy, Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia. Thanks to their majority opinion in last year’s ruling on campaign finance rules, money talks a la free speech. Unfortunately, this kind of money talks and monied vote buying has ushered in a new era in which elections can be influenced if not outright bought by the side (or players) with the most money. We the people do not know where all of this money comes from, but we certainly see the effects of it through shadowy smear campaigns by pretty-named political groups. Unfortunately, accountability was thrown out with the proverbial baby and the bathwater, because these groups have an arsenal of loopholes and protections that allow them to get away with villainous exploitation of the political process through sensationalism. You have probably witnessed the results of this in last year’s midterm elections, but I wanted to share a link to a Bloomberg story that I saw shared on Facebook today. It charts the source and development of the problem since the ruling:  Secret Donors Multiply in U.S. Election Spending – Bloomberg.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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