The Rich 'Just Showing Off': Noah Takes On Post-Citizens United Campaign Spending
Since the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United opened up unlimited campaign funding by corporations, spending by presidential candidates in both parties has exploded. While it's true that individuals could always donate unlimited funds to PACs, the ruling allowed for a massive increase in so-called dark money and other tricks that allow billionaires to back their horses. How bad has it gotten?
"That is insane," Trevor Noah said, "158 households have donated almost half of all campaign money in America. I wish I had known that before Halloween, because I bet those houses gave out some serious candy. Like full-size candy bars." The figure refers to a recent New York Times article that meticulously detailed who controls the purse strings in our political process.
"It's gotten so bad," the Daily Show host said about the flagrant spending, "They're now just showing off." Noah then played a clip about Marco Rubio's positively fratty new super PAC, "Baby Got PAC." Our oligarchs are making rich-guy dad jokes about how much influence they have over the candidates. Watch the clip below: