American Opinion: On GOP political contributions
From The Associated Press
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:
Radical filmmaker Michael Moore says the wealthy 1 percent elite may rule America's economy, “but they have only 1 percent of the vote.” Thus they can't win elections through their numbers. So they must do it with their money — virtually all donated to Republican candidates.
However, the 2012 national confrontation showed that billionaire cash isn't enough to carry an election. Billions spent to sell the GOP ticket produced mostly losses.
For example, Karl Rove induced the rich to give $400 million to his two “Crossroads” committees backing Republicans — to no avail. After returns were counted, Donald Trump sneered by Twitter:
“Congrats to Karl Rove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race Crossroads ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.”
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave an estimated $150 million in a failed attempt to elect a GOP president — and he told The Wall Street Journal he's prepared to spend twice as much next election.
Billionaires Harold Simmons and Bob Perry each invested more than $20 million in the 2012 lost cause. A mysterious firm created just two months before the election, Specialty Group Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., gave $10.6 million to a tea party Republican committee that backed losers.
Part of this astronomical spending sprang from the controversial “Citizens United” Supreme Court case of 2010, in which conservative justices ruled that corporations are “persons” with unlimited “free speech,” meaning the right to buy political ads. ...
We can't guess how future balloting will turn out. But, for now, it's gratifying to see that fat-cat money wasn't able to purchase the 2012 election.
— The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette