By Luis Mazariegos
A Coloradoan, four-year-old Abigael Evans, was in tears. When her mom asks in a soothing tone what’s wrong, Abigael says “I’m tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.”
This heartbreaking adorable scene is from a video that has gone viral in large part because, honestly, who among us cannot relate to her feelings of election exhaustion?
It seems every day we are being subjected to an increasingly negative — and many times outright false – barrage of political ads. It’s enough to make you cry, literally.
Most of the worst perpetrators of these ads are funded by a murky group of uber-wealthy backers, who secretly give money to “super PACs.” The U.S. Supreme Court’s radical Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling has unleashed these monster PACs by allowing corporate donors to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
The horrible ads are just the beginning. Citizens United has already influenced elections in the interest of a select few, to the detriment of many constituencies including: small businesses, women, and the majority of voters who favor key civil rights and environmental policy agendas. And it’s only going to get worse – unless we do something about it.