Foreign Political Money

On January 27th, 2010 in his State of the Union address President Obama said, “"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections." Justice Alito, who was sitting in the chamber, visibly shook his head in disagreement. One must think, who is smarter, Justice Alito or President Obama?

As we get nearer to the elections in November, it seems President Obama was correct in his statement. Recent investigations are showing an unusual amount of money donated to candidates is untraceable. It was reported by Think Progress, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations funded by foreign held companies. “The U.S. Chamber has pledged to spend $75 million this election cycle to install its acolytes on Capitol Hill, and now it appears they might be doing it with foreign money.” said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. He added, “No wonder the American people are angry—everyday they see a new story about a secretive outside group spending unlimited sums on our elections without any sort of transparency or accountability.”

Conservatives got their wish for the Supreme Court to treat corporations as individuals allowing them to pump more money into campaigns. I just wonder how they feel about foreign agencies having the ability to decide who might get elected.

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I fully agree that foreign

I fully agree that foreign involvement in our elections is bad. I also think the entire concept of "Corporate Personhood" should be revisited. I was appalled by the Citizens United Ruling.

The Federal Election Commission is very clear on this. From the FEC "Foreign Nationals Brochure":

The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

But now I must ask the obvious question, has anyone checked how much in cortibutions are made by illegal aliens in this country?