Letter: The monster behind the curtain
In the good old days if you liked a candidate you gave them money. Too simple, I guess. Political parties wanted all they could get, but they also wanted to hamstring the other guys (and gals). The Supreme Court decision fondly known as Citizens United opened Pandora’s Box, letting 501(c)(4)s like CU collect massive sums of money, while where that money came from is mostly protected. So-called "voter information or education groups" sprang up like noxious weeds. These so-called nonprofit weeds are exempt based on a lie. They claim to be non-partisan. They are issue driven, one-party supportive PACs. Both parties have them and they damage our democracy.
He who can buy votes is not new, just refined and more dangerous. Campaign finance and how to funnel money to campaigns has always been an issue, but now the monster behind the curtain is not often known. Americans are eager to be told how to think and with this untraceable money, lies and slander can be broadcast just like cold-war propaganda. It is accepted as truth. Sadly, the worst of both parties are in control.
As a people, we have with increasing frequency been subjected to conspiracy after conspiracy hearing, irrespective of party label. They will tell us "America needs to know," when the object is to damage the other guys enough to win the next election, not inform or correct. This circular process damages us and more Americans today mistrust our government than at any other time in modern history, bringing us closer to the edge. Campaign finance and all the unethical behaviors must be reformed or our Union will be.