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How should liberals feel about liberal billionaires trying to buy elections?

How should liberals feel about liberal billionaires trying to buy elections? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect

Today's New York Times has a story about Tom Steyer, a retired hedge fund billionaire who is planning to spend $100 million ($50 million of his own, and $50 million of other people's) in the 2014 election to support action on climate change, which in practice means electing Democrats.


That would put Steyer in the big leagues, though not at the top—the network of donors established by Charles and David Koch spent at least $400 million in 2012—and it raises the question of how liberals should feel about this kind of thing. If you believe that Citizens United has been a disaster for democracy, and spectacularly wealthy people shouldn't be able to swoop in to a House or Senate race with zillions of dollars and change the outcome from what it otherwise would be, then should you be bothered? 


Some conservatives will naturally charge liberals with hypocrisy for being pleased about Steyer's efforts.  Fair enough. But in practical terms, Citizens United is the law of the land, and there are only two ways an election can proceed at this point: either both rich liberals and rich conservatives will attempt to buy the election, perhaps cancelling out each other's efforts, or conservatives will have the field to themselves. Liberals would argue that faced with two bad choices, they'll choose the less damaging one, and the negative effects of Republican victories outweigh the moral compromise that comes from participating in the electoral billionaire auction. [MORE]

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Total Mainstream Media Blackout of Chicago Secret 'Black Site' at Homan Square

Total Mainstream Media Blackout of Chicago Secret 'Black Site' at Homan Square | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Why is the mainstream media purposely not covering Homan Square?
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“Say ‘Lawyer’ All You Want Motherf****r” Detainees from Chicago’s Police “Black Site” Speak Out

“Say ‘Lawyer’ All You Want Motherf****r” Detainees from Chicago’s Police “Black Site” Speak Out | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Former detainees, who've been held in this repugnant place, have been voiceless -- until now.
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Corporations Rush to Raise Minimum Wages, But It’s Business As Usual

Corporations Rush to Raise Minimum Wages, But It’s Business As Usual | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In corporate America, profits control all.  But as consumers have begun voting with their dollars en masse, corporations are increasing wages to stay alive (but it's still about profits).Read more →
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‘Right to Try’ bill in Oklahoma moves forward

‘Right to Try’ bill in Oklahoma moves forward | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Legislation has been approved by the Oklahoma House committee which would allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental medications which are not
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In Hollywood, MLK Delivered A Lesser-Known Speech That Resonates Today

In Hollywood, MLK Delivered A Lesser-Known Speech That Resonates Today | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King visited Los Angeles and spoke to a standing-room crowd at Temple Israel. The synagogue honors his legacy by replaying the speech once a year.» E-Mail This
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New Yorkers charged with conspiring to support Isis - video

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Three men have been charged with conspiring to support Islamic State (Isis), including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, says New York police.
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Former Prime Minister Says Raise Standard of Living in Gaza

Former Prime Minister Says Raise Standard of Living in Gaza | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Could Tony Blair have just outlined a workable plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace?Read more →
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Chicago Newspaper Confirms its Position as CPD Propaganda Arm

Chicago Newspaper Confirms its Position as CPD Propaganda Arm | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An example of why The Fifth Column exists. Read more →
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No Due Process, No Lawyer, Secret Jail, Police Brutality, of Black and Brown People…….In Chicago | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

No Due Process, No Lawyer, Secret Jail, Police Brutality, of Black and Brown People…….In Chicago | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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FTC files lawsuit to block merger of Sysco and US Foods, America’s two biggest food distributors

FTC files lawsuit to block merger of Sysco and US Foods, America’s two biggest food distributors | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Baran Hines February 21, 2015 (WTF News) The two larges […]
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US Caught Hacking Billions of SIM Cards While Pushing for Cybersecurity Legislation

US Caught Hacking Billions of SIM Cards While Pushing for Cybersecurity Legislation | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
For the American government, this seems to be a classic case of 'Do as I say, not as I do.'
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Cop Fired After Video Proved He Handcuffed and Beat African American Military Police Officer

Cop Fired After Video Proved He Handcuffed and Beat African American Military Police Officer | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An Orlando police officer has been fired after cell phone footage emerged of him punching and kicking a handcuffed man.
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Ohio Schools Just Started Passing Out These Disturbing Police State ‘Guides’ For Students

Ohio Schools Just Started Passing Out These Disturbing Police State ‘Guides’ For Students | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
“If you are stopped on the street, answer all questions pertaining to your identity…” that’s what Ohio schools are now telling students.
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Stories Continue To Emerge From Chicago Police Department 'Black Site'

Stories Continue To Emerge From Chicago Police Department 'Black Site' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Despite vague and predictable non-answers from Chicago Police officials and lackluster “reporting” from the majority of local sources, more disturbing revelations from the CPD's facility on Homan Avenue have emerged.
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On the Nature of the State, and Man

On the Nature of the State, and Man | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Alex Freeman ponders Justice and Honor, in an unjust and dishonorable world. Read more →
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The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Here's What You Need To Know

The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Here's What You Need To Know | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The FCC is set to vote on whether to reclassify the Internet as a utility. If it votes in the affirmative, the commission will not allow Internet service providers to throttle traffic.» E-Mail This
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Women as 'Way Pavers' in the Federal Judiciary

Women as 'Way Pavers' in the Federal Judiciary | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It took nearly 140 years after the federal court system was established in 1789 before the first woman sat on a federal bench. Today, about one-third of all active Article III judges are women.
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Over half of Republicans want to ignore Bill of Rights, make Christianity national religion

Over half of Republicans want to ignore Bill of Rights, make Christianity national religion | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
America's Founding Fathers may have explicitly banned the formation of a national religion, but don’t tell that to Republican Christians. A poll found that over half of the religious right wants to establish Christianity as the country’s official creed.
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War Declared Against Chicago PD Over Secret Jail

War Declared Against Chicago PD Over Secret Jail | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Chicago has a secret torture site. Would you know if your city did?Read more →
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MLK Jr. – The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch

For many, the words “I have a dream” are the only thing they associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Title 4: More than 'I have a dream': How shared historical knowledge helps to give a broader perspective on MLK Jr's impact.

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Memphis Police Department Threatens To Demote Black Cops If They Keep Complaining About Racism

Memphis Police Department Threatens To Demote Black Cops If They Keep Complaining About Racism | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Memphis, Tennessee Police Department is threatening to demote dozens of African American police officers simply because they are standing up to racism in the department.
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Department of Justice Lawsuit Against Ferguson Police For ‘Racially Discriminatory Practices’

Department of Justice Lawsuit Against Ferguson Police For ‘Racially Discriminatory Practices’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It’s happening: the U.S. Department of Justice is currently preparing to file suit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over “racially discriminatory practices.” Law enforcement sources tell us that unless the police department makes a...
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