Super PACs are one way. The 1 percenters spend enormous amounts of money putting their quislings into elected office. Politico reports that the Super Political Action Committees raised about $100 million from fewer than 200 people since the beginning of 2010:
Super PACs raised about $181 million in the last two years — with roughly half of it coming from fewer than 200 super-rich people.
Those are the findings in a new study that confirms what public interest groups have long feared and campaigns are learning the hard way in 2012 — that the cash for big-ticket campaign spending like TV advertising is increasingly controlled by an elite class of super-rich patrons not afraid to plunk down a million bucks or more for favored candidates and causes.Some 1 percenters don't even bother with Super PACs -- they just buy themselves memberships in Congress or governorships. Pink Slip Rick, for example, spent $73 million of his ill-gotten wealth to become governor of Florida, something the Sunshine State regretted almost immediately.
Last year alone, just 32 donors gave $34 million — and that’s not including an eight-figure donation from billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in January.
ALEC is another tool used by the 1 percenters to siphon more money from America's middle class. It's a corporate conspiracy to take control of state governments, only they don't call it that. Here's their high-minded-sounding "mission":
… to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.It's actually funded by the
- It tried to limit asbestos claims. From the AP: Pennsylvania-based Crown Holdings, whose products include the tops of soda pop and beer containers, has gotten help from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed conservative nonprofit, to broaden limits on asbestos claims against it stemming from an ill-fated acquisition nearly 50 years ago.
- It tried to buy off Virginia's Speaker of the House by paying for a luxe little vacation.
- Got 14 lawmakers in Oregon to introduce legislation written by corporations.
- Got Ohio lawmakers to introduce 33 bills written by corporations, including the infamous anti-union SB5.