Thank you Citizens United. We cannot begin to tell you how much you've done for America. You know, like screwing with democracy, elections, and voters by dumping entire bins of cash into campaigns.
Regular old people like you and me can kiss our not-bought-and-paid-for votes good-bye, because they're becoming more and more meaningless:
American Crossroads and its affiliates are the offspring of George W. Bush administration strategist Karl Rove and other senior GOP leaders who once worked within the regular party structure, especially the Republican National Committee and its tradition-encrusted headquarters near the Capitol.
Other independent groups — such as Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks — have sprung up with operations often tailored closely to the wishes of their conservative supporters, some of them billionaire businessmen. Crossroads officials say they work with more than 20 other conservative organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Tax Reform, to make sure money is spent effectively.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, the Anna Nicole Smiths of America will be able to marry entire corporations instead of inconsequential wealthy older men. What a time saver! Although watch out for that Rove-ing eye they're so notorious for.
New groups formed on the left and right, but the dramatic growth has been on the right.
And to get around those pesky donor disclosure rules, Crossroads came up with their very own nonprofit affiliate, Crossroads GPS. Aren't they cunning? Hey bachelorettes, when you set your sights on a hot, wealthy corporation, remember not to overlook the snake factor! Looks aren't everything, you know.
I wonder if the Democrats have been able to compete:
As of last week, more than twice as much had been spent on television ads favoring Republican candidates as had been spent on ads for Democrats ($36 million to $16 million), according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group. [...]
So far, the conservative groups have raised and spent more money than labor and the Democrats, even though the latter went into the campaign season with a clear financial advantage.
Power to the people!