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Jimmy Carter: US Is an ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

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The 39th president said the ‘Citizens United’ ruling ‘violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system’

By Daniel Kreps | 31 July 2018

ROLLING STONE — Former President Jimmy Carter had some harsh words to say about the current state of America’s electoral process, calling the country “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery” resulting in “nominations for president or to elect the president.” When asked this week by The Thom Hartmann Program (via The Intercept) about the Supreme Court’s April 2014 decision to eliminate limits on campaign donations, Carter said the ruling “violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.”

The 39th president also voiced concerns that the limitless flow of campaign cash severely favors those already in office. “The same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members,” Carter said. “So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over.” […]

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