June 29, 2012

Senator Sherrod Brown Explains Why Big Business Owns Congress

In a piece about populism and the Democratic Party in Politico, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) explained how Big Business has, through its ability to tap into an extraordinary amount of campaign contributions, independent expenditures, and other electoral interventions, been able to own Congress:

“They own the Republican Party, and they have too much influence in my party, I mean there’s no question about that,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a true-blue populist up for reelection who has had $8.3 million spent against him already by third-party groups, most of them allies of business . “That’s why wealth is so concentrated at the top. And that’s all enforced now by this outside spending. Every member around here has had to have thought at times that, ‘If I vote this way the wrath of God is coming down on me.’”

As we covered earlier this year, Brown has been one of the Senate’s most outspoken fighters against policies pushed by Corporate America. As a result, he’s one of Big Money’s top targets this year.

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  • Meafiedler

    I know this, that is why Mitt Romney always has to think twice or more times, before he can answer a question, he has to check with whoever pays him to give the right answer!
    Maria Fiedler

  • Is there anything voters can do to, if not level the playing field, at least change the slope? It seems that the current status of our political structure is locked in to establish a financial aristocracy that will exclude any hope for a real middle class. It appears to me that we must have a constitutional amendment to dispose of the Citizens United disgrace out of the Supreme Court. Justice Roberts may reveal some day his thinking on ACA but I have a feeling it is partially an apology for Citizens United. When an insurance executive pay is in excess of $100 million that constitutes a degree of unacceptable power to distort our democratic process in a way that is un-American. It is unacceptable to me that proceeds from purchasers of insurance are having their assets diverted by people trusted to operate a business take that amount of compensation when it should be either used to increase assets or lower premiums. I understand the GOP dislike for large government because they want nothing large enough to effectively regulate against the abuses on Wall Street that caused our financial disaster.

    • taxxee

      There was a time when ridiculously high compensation was taxed away. And you know what? We didn’t have all this corruption! What we did have was decent wages and reinvestment. Not all taxing is bad.

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  • Time for another revolution – this time against the enemies within!

  • Pmeleng

    Maybe Democrats could run a blog on how much is being spent against them. The more popular and right you are and on a small margin, the more they will spend against you , right? Make it a badge of honour, how much is spent against you.

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