In a January 2010 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions have the same political speech rights as individuals under the First Amendment. The 5-to-4 decision, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority, echoed the Citizens United case, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions.  In 2014 the  Supreme Court continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. And so we get this. Many people now believe that corporations actually have MORE rights than individuals

If you were two payments behind on your car payments and someone made those payments and then asked you to do them a favor, would you do it? Most anyone would because they would feel obligated. So is there any doubt whatsoever that after a Senator gets into office on the heels of a $200,000 from a high-tech company that they wouldn’t hesitate to vote favorably for them? No. So if it’s a choice between a donor corporation and WeThePeople with whom will they side? The answer is obvious and is also THE reason we should vote for anyone running for public office who will only accept small individual campaign donations, like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did. They will side with WeThePeople before they will vote as the big corporations and the large individual donors demand.

“Dark money”, where the donor is not disclosed and the source of the money is unknown, also plays a big part in campaign donations. It is also naive to think that a politician doesn’t know from where this money originates. (Here are more details about “Dark Money.”)