Super PACs and ‘personhood’

Five donors accounted for 25 percent of the money that flowed into the presidential race in January, the Washington Post reported. Though liberal billionaire George Soros helped pioneer big spending for Democratic causes, GOP big donors have taken an especially oversize role in the presidential primaries. The political action committees for the remaining four GOP candidates raised more money in January than the candidates’ official campaigns. This has “created a new list of wealthy kingmakers on whom the candidates now depend for their political survival,” wrote Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. “Without gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who (along with his wife) has pumped $10 million into (Newt) Gingrich’s super PAC, the former House speaker would be back on the lecture tour. Without money from Wyoming investor Foster Friess, (Rick) Santorum never would have made it to the top of the polls. And without his own short list of financiers led by Texas’ Harold C. Simmons, (Mitt) Romney wouldn’t have had the resources to fight off their attacks.” Meanwhile, Kansas Democratic lawmakers are introducing a resolution in the Legislature urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish “corporate personhood,” which was created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. “Corporations don’t live and breathe or go to war or rebuild after tornadoes,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “They are simply not people and do not deserve the same rights as people.”