The people choking American democracy

If that title seems dramatic, remember that the Citizens United court ruling created the circumstances that allows multibillionaires to flood the airwaves with propaganda for whoever they want through Super PACs. On Tuesday, though, Senator Bernie Sanders named names.

In his new report, America For Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, Sen. Bernie Sanders named names and called out the billionaires who using Citizens United to buy our democracy.

In front of a Senate panel today, Sen. Bernie Sanders outed the 26 billionaires who are members of 23 billionaire families that are using Citizens United to buy elections.Sen. Sanders estimated that these 26 billionaires are the tip of the iceberg. “My guess is that number is really much greater because many of these contributions are made in secret. In other words, not content to own our economy, the 1 percent want to own our government as well.”

The top five are:

  1. Sheldon Adelson, 
  2. The Kochs (David, Charles, and William), 
  3. Jim Walton,
  4. Harold Simmons, and 
  5. Peter Thiel 
Check out the list, spread it around.  These kinds of financial imbalances will break our government.