We have noted here on many occasions in the past how bad media reporting helps explain public misunderstandings of campaign finance law.
A pair of pieces in the Saturday New York times, one news and one opinion, provide more examples of how this works.
The first is a front page news story that promises to be a lurid a story about “secret” money in campaigns, etc. etc., of the type that have been so common since 2010. But if you really read past the lurid headline about a “mystery” donor and hundreds of thousands of dollars “flowing] to the campaign accounts of powerful political players across the country,” there’s not much there.
During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Sanders put it this way: “What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to say to these same billionaires and the corporations they control: ‘You own and control the economy; you own Wall Street; you own the coal companies; you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we’re going to give you the opportunity to own the United States government.’
…If Democrats don’t wake up soon, this election might not just be won or lost, it could be bought or stolen.”