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Old 05-17-2020, 10:14 PM   #1
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Facebook Pours Dark Money into Politics


The Washington Post reported that Facebook, among others, has funded a dark-money political advocacy group dubbed "American Edge" to fend off attempts to regulate its behavior and, by extension, the behavior of other "social" media outfits.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...american-edge/

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In December, American Edge formed as a nonprofit organization, and last month, it registered an accompanying foundation, according to incorporation documents filed in Virginia. The setup essentially allows it to navigate a thicket of tax laws in such a way that it can raise money, and blitz the airwaves with ads, without the obligation of disclosing all of its donors. Many powerful political actors — including the National Rifle Association — similarly operate with the aid of “social welfare” groups.
 
Old 05-18-2020, 05:32 AM   #2
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As a non american it always seems to me that your lobbyist groups have far more power to control US laws and policy than the 'official' polical parties.
Until the US seriously starts to limit the influence of these 'special interest' groups, they will always always hold the real power in the US.
 
Old 05-18-2020, 09:48 AM   #3
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I think the root of the problem is the frequency of American congressional elections coupled with the lack of any UK-style limitation on how much money can be spent by a candidate. This means that those who spend the most get the seat, and the only way to keep up (unless you are a millionaire) is to take money from lobby groups. Naturally you then have to vote as your backers tell you to. Otherwise, you will get no funding from them in two years time and then you are out on your arse.
 
Old 05-18-2020, 09:54 AM   #4
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As a non american it always seems to me that your lobbyist groups have far more power to control US laws and policy than the 'official' polical parties.
Until the US seriously starts to limit the influence of these 'special interest' groups, they will always always hold the real power in the US.
Agree completely and it is very sad. The country (US) is controlled by corporations really - all major decisions are favored to them, not the politician's constituents. Not to say all politicians are bad but the majority of them are lining their pockets at the expense of the citizens. This will never change sadly, because huge sums of money are at stake and you know what they say about money...
 
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Citizens United was a mistake.
 
  


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