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Reader's view: The very wealthy will determine who is elected

I just received a political-donation solicitation that I presume went to millions of members on the party lists. It reminded me of the new world in this election cycle created by the Supreme Court via its Citizens United decision, which opened th...

I just received a political-donation solicitation that I presume went to millions of members on the party lists. It reminded me of the new world in this election cycle created by the Supreme Court via its Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates and allowed a tsunami of money to be spent by political advocacy groups to support their candidates or to attack their candidates' opponents.

I wondered why a Romney or Obama supporter, or any Republican or Democratic congressional supporter, send a paltry donation to the national party, or to a politician's campaign fund, when we read that billionaires now can donate $100 million or even much more to super PACs, making this perhaps the first billion-dollar-plus election year.

So, under the new rules, the very wealthy are the ones who likely will deem those worthy of being elected. Just imagine how much fun it will be this season to watch your favorite TV programs between political attack ads.

Jim Waldo

Duluth

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