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Obama on corporate advertising

The president's most recent radio address was focused on the aftermath of the Citizens United decision and the Republican filibuster against the Disclose Act that would force corporations to take responsibility for their political advertisements. But it ends on an oddly plaintive, almost fearful, note:

What is clear is that Congress has a responsibility to act. But the truth is, any law will come too late to prevent the damage that has already been done this election season. That is why, any time you see an attack ad by one of these shadowy groups, you should ask yourself, who is paying for this ad? Is it the health insurance lobby? The oil industry? The credit card companies?

But more than that, you can make sure that the tens of millions of dollars spent on misleading ads do not drown out your voice. Because no matter how many ads they run – no matter how many elections they try to buy – the power to determine the fate of this country doesn’t lie in their hands. It lies in yours. It’s up to all of us to defend that most basic American principle of a government of, by, and for the people. What’s at stake is not just an election. It’s our democracy itself.

A lot more people will see ads funded by corporations this November than will ever hear or read a word of this radio address.

By Ezra Klein  | September 22, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
 
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Or is it paid for by Goldman-Sachs?

Or is it paid for by Trial Lawyers?

Or is it paid for by Union-Gangsters?

Or is it paid for by George Soros/Media Matters/MoveOn.org

Or is it paid for Environmental Maoists?

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | September 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Or is it paid for by interests connected to people convicted of laundering money from Red China, like James Riady, Charlie Trie, Maria Hsia, etc,.,

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | September 22, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

How dare American people skew their views on policy choice based on what would make American businesses successful!!

Let all the American businesses go bankrupt for all I care...we can all collect unemployment benefits like on big happy family of Maoists!

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

We can be confident that Trial Lawyers, Union bosses, and enviromental extremists running the Democrat party will always put the interests of us middle class families first....right!??!

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | September 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The worth of a message doesn't hinge on who paid to publicize it. The worth of a message is in its truth or falseness.

Obama directs his followers to shoot the messengers bearing news he doesn't like, rather than debate the messages on their merits. That's the kind of fearless leader he is.

Posted by: msoja | September 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I said it earlier.

TAX ALL POLITICAL ADS. TAX THEM BIG AND TAX THEM HARD.

FastEddie, I'd rather have AMERICAN Lawyers and and union bosses and environmentalists influencing our interests than foreign corporate execs like the BP CEO who care nothing about America.

Transnational corporations and GOP politicins have had more to do with our recession than those Americans you mention.

I dont know why people like you HATE so many Americans while giving free pass to foreign execs and wall street profiteerwho are raping this land of jobs and wealth. You are a traitor FastEddie.

YOU by your support of the GOP helped cause this recession--not lawyers, not gays, not environmentalists, not union people, not even hispanics.

Propagandists like YOU are part of the reason I am no longer a Republican.

Posted by: lauren2010 | September 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

--"I dont know why people like you HATE so many Americans while giving free pass to foreign execs and wall street profiteers who are raping this land of jobs and wealth."--

Nice bit of anthropomorphism, I think.

Businessmen tend to be very pragmatic people. They have a preference for establishing their businesses where the business climate is favorable, kind of like moving south to get more sun. The business climate in the United States has been growing more hostile for decades. I don't know how or why many businesses put up with it. I certainly never will again.

On the other hand, I am continually cheered to hear that people in far lands who were formerly tied to the hard labor of tending the earth for a bare subsistence, now have a few extra choices available, courtesy of a few, fat, intransigent, full-of-entitlement, union workers, and scads of incompetent and ignorant government regulators, etc.

Posted by: msoja | September 22, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Better business climates where they don't have to worry about environmental regulations stopping them from dumping raw waste into the water or laws that keep them from abusing workers or killing entire villages.

You certainly seem to be turning a blind eye to the crimes multinational corporations commit overseas, msoja.

Posted by: lol-lol | September 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

BP is pushing for Obama and Pelosi's Cap & Trade as a member of Obama's corrupt Chicago Carbon Exchange.....BP has supported Obama, which is why members of the administration looked the other way as BP abused the safety compliance system.

When Obama got caught with his pants down, he offered visceral yet meaningless rhetorics, and people like you bought it hook line and sinker.

Obama's so-called FinReg bill was written and promited by Goldman-Sachs and fought by smaller firms.

Obama and the Big Fish keep winning by suckering you saps.

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | September 22, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

One man's corporation is another man's moveon.org or labor union.

The consistent and intellectually honest position is that political advertising should be allowed for all or none.

Posted by: bgmma50 | September 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"The worth of a message is in its truth or falseness."

BECAUSE A MESSAGE ISN'T RECEIVED ANY DIFFERENTLY WHEN IT HAS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROWN AT IT?

or when it's drowned out by OTHER MESSAGES?

My typographic analogy makes clear that the paddler is peddling more piddle.

Posted by: pseudonymousinnc | September 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is less trustworthy than those corporations.

Posted by: krazen1211 | September 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

--"BECAUSE A MESSAGE ISN'T RECEIVED ANY DIFFERENTLY WHEN IT HAS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROWN AT IT?"--

Woo. So you want to kill the messenger, mousie, because the effluent of your government schools are too stupid to think for themselves?

Posted by: msoja | September 22, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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