Patrick Martin – The oligarchs’ election

Reports filed earlier this month with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) confirm that the US political system is completely dominated by the super-rich. The figures are so staggering, and so at odds with the conventional claims that the United States is a democracy, that even the corporate-controlled media has been compelled to take notice.

Below are some representative headlines that appeared over the weekend:

Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving—New York Times

Million-dollar donors pump huge sums into 2016 White House race—Washington Post

Data: Nearly 5 dozen give a third of all ’16 campaign cash—Associated Press

67 donors and gusher of cash change 2016 race—Politico.com

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