Richard Posner: “The Real Corruption Is the Ownership of Congress by the Rich”

Oh my.   From Judge Posner’s keynote at a Stigler Center conferece:

On the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Posner said: “If you become a member of Congress, you’ll get a card from the head for your party that you are to spend five hours an afternoon talking to donors. That’s not only time you spend with donors—they’ll take you to dinner, cocktails—but these five hours are important. The message is clear: you are a slave to the donors. They own you. That’s real corruption, the ownership of Congress by the rich.”

Later, remarking on the logic behind Citizens United, Posner remarked: “Your money is actually speech—that’s all nonsense.”…

“You are not going to have people competing with the the Koch brothers. They own many people in Congress.”

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