When it comes to the influence of the unspeakably rich in politics, things are even worse than we thought.
Seemingly dire predictions of what would follow the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case turn out to have actuallyunderestimated the damage to our electoral process.
The decision struck down limitations on corporations’ donations to political campaigns. At the time, many warned that big money would trample everything in sight, unhindered by reasonable regulation or oversight. Since that time, a hodgepodge of lower court rulings and loopholes in the regulatory mechanism have made it even more difficult to effectively monitor the deluge of cash.
Now, with the 2016 presidential campaign still only in its early stages, we are already seeing the consequences — and the chaos
Here are some of the craziest things that have already happened this cycle: