How Much Is Your Vote Worth?

$100? $1,000? $10,000? More? This year, corporate and foreign-funded shadow groups seem willing to spend whatever it takes to convince you to vote Republican.

Unfortunately, you won’t get to pocket the money.  But, thanks to the Supreme Court decision in the Citizerns United case, corporations (both domestic and foreign) are now able to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into advertising campaigns that attack Democrats. Even the Chamber of Commerce is getting into the act. The group has solicited large donations from businesses in China, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain and other nations to spend on attack ads against Democratic candidates. Best of all, unlike the $20 donations you give to candidates, the corporations can give anonymously. The shadow groups don’t have to disclose the source of their millions.

Now you may be asking, “Why are corporations so willing to open their vaults for politics?”

The answer is obvious. They expect something in return. And, as always, Republicans stand ready to give it to them. Republican candidates promise to continue their fight against labor unions. They will continue to promote lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy. They are committed to eliminating pesky regulations that protect the environment and consumers. And they continue to attack so-called entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.

This year, Republicans even offer a few new bonuses for their corporate masters. Many of the so-called Tea Party candidates on the Republican ticket have questioned the Constitutionality of the minimum wage and unemployment insurance. After all, who wants to waste money on a bunch of lazy deadbeats who can’t hold a job?)  Further, Newt Gingrich is even recommending that GOP candidates attack food stamps! 

If all this corporate money is able to buy enough votes, just imagine what that could mean for working people. American workers can look forward to lower wages, fewer benefits, unaffordable health care and no safety nets. Who wouldn’t want that?