Monday, August 27, 2012

Will “dark money” buy your vote this election????


Remember this guy? Sure you do. It’s Karl Rove (George Bush’s “Architect”) and he’s up to his old tricks and loving it ! Just like in the past, as long as he keeps everything secret he’s on a roll.

Did you know that two “dark money” Pacs are outspending everyone else this election year? They are Crossroads GPS (Grassroots Policy Strategies), founded by Karl Rove and backed by anonymous big-money donors and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity. Between them they have spent over $70 million so far on negative ads and they’re just getting started.

Does any of this scare you? Does it make you mad? Does it bother you that they believe we are so dumb that we’ll believe whatever they tell us … but won’t reveal who‘s telling it?

It sure bothers me. It shouldn’t be allowed in the United States of America for a handful of billionaires to buy the election and it surely shouldn’t be allowed for them to do so anonymously. A quote from Fred Wertheimer, who runs a watchdog group, Democracy 21, states “it shows how much desire there is for secrecy among huge donors who want to be able to spend money to influence this election without leaving any fingerprints."

My biggest hope is that this continual bombardment of TV ads will backfire. I find that they all become a blur and I, literally, tune them out. There is no way that we, the 99%, can compete financially with the “dark money” guys but we have lots of clout with our votes .

President Obama inherited a horrendous mess in 2008 and to think that it could have been fixed by him or anyone in 4 short years is naive. I feel very strongly that he’s on the right track so I’m casting my one precious vote with the Democrats this November.

9 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I don't know how this can be permitted. We have pretty tight laws about election spending up here.

10:58 AM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Ginnie--
I too am worried and sickened by the excess of money. And the thing that strikes me as most ironic is that these millionaires and billionaires don't really like Romney. So there must be something else that causes them to spend so much to buy this election. And that would be--power. They believe they can buy the election and keep the power to themselves.
I say--power to the people. I agree that it all backfiring is one slim hope we can cling to.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Ginnie,

Democracy allows all sort of malpractices to win votes. In India politicians pay money to the voters belonging to the poorer sections to get votes. You know in India poor people are plenty. After winning elections their main aim is to make money and not to serve the people.

People should vote according to their conscience.
Joseph

7:55 AM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins.wordpress.com said...

First of all, the Dems have their pacs too supported by big entites like the labor unions.

When Obama decided not to take Federal matching funds because he could raise much more money than McCain, he opened Pandora's box. Too bad for him this time if the big money boys no longer back him. I could say a lot more, but won't as its bad for my blood pressure for me to get too angry.

The second thing is it is not what Obsama inherited, he has been president for 4 years and when he had the chance to do something with the big banks, he failed to act. Dodd-Franks is really hurting the small banks.

Its not where we have been that matters now, its where are we going?? Dianne

11:55 AM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I ask the same question, Dianne. "Where are we going?" ... and I feel much safer with Obama and the Democrats. Nothing is perfect but the 2 R's are a scary duo in my book.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

I have read that if the 99% gets out and votes, the 1% won't matter. I believe that.

7:01 PM  
Blogger joared said...

Yes, these two "r's" (lower case deliberate) and this other "r" are scary. The one you're writing about here has been a warped force beginning with his college political days. Whatever Obama's shortcomings, they pale by comparison with what the future bodes with that other Party. I'd rather have to rein in a too liberal group, than combat a restrictive extremist conservative one.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I feel like we are screwed no matter who wins. It's an awful situation to be in. It's really sad too.
Love Di ♥

6:54 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I have a couple tea bagger friends... we have agreed to never discuss politics or we know that will be the end of our friendship. Sad, isn't it? But they believe that the truth is nothing but lies the dems have made up. They are blinded by a couple of issues, smoke screens, I call them, so the R's cannot see what they are really voting for.
It is sad, sad and very scary.

9:47 AM  

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