Activist Comics: Disclosure

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If someone was talking shit about you, wouldn’t you want to know who it was? And if it was $145 million worth of shit you were buried under, wouldn’t you be outraged and demand to know who was dumping all this excrement on top of you, and why?

Well, here we are: After $145 million of anonymous spending in the midterm elections, the American public remains none the wiser as to who not only wanted to spend fortunes influencing politics, but needed to do it without exposing their identities and their motives. Insomuch as political spending is largely an investment made by eager pay-to-players looking to get a massive return in the form of tax breaks, contracts, or legislative deference, how much worse must these interests be if they need to keep their motives secret?

There are some — such as Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Thomas, and fulminating lawyer James Bopp — who believe there should no disclosure on spending in elections at all, because that might expose a particular donor to criticism from others, which then would make them hesitant to give large sums to unpopular causes, and that is JUST LIKE restricting their First Amendment right to free speech.

The perilous equation of money being the same as First Amendment Free Speech was ratified in 1976 by the Supreme Court in a case called Buckley v. Valeo. This rationale was the springboard for the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, which said that corporations have as much right as people to spend money in elections, and restricting that in any way is an infringement on those corporations’ First Amendment Free Speech™.

It’s no wonder why more and more are questioning the very legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

In this edition of Activist Comics, the re-imagined Superman comic book cover serves as a warning to this invisible threat of dark money.

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DISCLOSURE is one of the Fix Six solutions included in PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, out on DVD 12/2, available now in iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo and at Disinfo.

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes – Trailer from TDC Entertainment on Vimeo.

  • Haystack

    If this were a dictatorship, nobody would post things on the Internet pointing out that the dictator was governing without the consent of the people. That would just be stating the obvious. If you have a plan for overthrowing the dictator, then good, but otherwise, what’s the point?

    Well, we live in an oligarchy. This is what oligarchs do. Let’s stop stating the obvious and work on overthrowing* the oligarchy.

    *Peacefully, in case anyone reading is an NSA employee building a file on me, because I guess we have to worry about that now.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I would upvote this, but I don’t want my name ending up on a list-which is ironic considering that this is a thread discussing the fact the Oligarchs have the absolute right to remain anonymous when donating money to campaigns, hiding behind the First Amendment.

      I’m pretty sure the government has completely corrupted our constitution now.

      • Andrew

        I assume that everyone who visits Disinfo is on a list.

    • BuzzCoastin

      what’s the point?

      there’s money to be made preaching to the passive converted
      it also creates the illusion that
      the exposing corruption leads to change
      plus reinforces a sense of helplessness
      would be my first guess
      well meaning crusaders for political rightousness
      at best, would be my 2nd

    • Mr B

      Excellent sentiment Haystack, but what specifically do you propose?
      I often list my suggestions in this forum; always either ignored or dismissed.
      I seriously suspect that most subversives secretly love the U.S. empire.
      http://www.ultraviolet-u2.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/bono-bobgeldof6.jpg “Just tell ’em to love the sinner and hate the sin. Never fails.”