HIGHTOWER: Business PACs

Oh, excellent! Just when you thought Washington could not get any more mired in the corruption of corporate money, a super-PAC raises its ugly head -- a gargantuan political action committee made-up of political action committees.These guys are taking our political system from gross to grotesque. It's called NABPAC -- the National Association of Business Political Action Committees -- and it's made up of more than a hundred corporate powers, including the tobacco giants, oil and chemical companies, insurance conglomerates and the telephone companies. Together, these special interests have invested more than $100-million in the campaigns of current members of Congress, turning our Congress into a wholly-owned subsidiary of these corporations.This is why -- on such big issues as tobacco reform, pollution protection, health-care reform and telecommunications reform -- our lawmakers have put the private profit interests of these corporations above the public's interest. And that is exactly why we need total campaign finance reform that will get the corrupting power of private money out of our elections.So what is the Number One Goal of NABPAC? To kill campaign finance reform, of course! NABPAC is running attack-ads against members of Congress who support bills that would outlaw PACs, and it has sent a memo to all congressional members, demanding that they "oppose all anti-PAC legislation," or else. Or else what? Or else NABPAC members won't feed them any more money. You see, a majority of lawmakers are hooked on corporate money, and, like junkies, they'll do anything to keep from being cut off -- even if that means voting to continue PAC corruption.Reform has to come from us, from outside the Congress. To stop NABPAC from nabbing our democracy, learn how you can support real campaign finance reform. Contact the Center for Responsive Politics: 202/857-0044.

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