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Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, looks at the "loophole" in campaign finance of limited liability companies.
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As I've said since I moved to the US. It's a first world country with a third world mentality when it comes to corruption, and I have felt on occasion that I'm living in some tin-pot dictatorship. There is NO concept of conflict of interest here. It simply does not occur to people, or if it does it is too easily dismissed. And it goes from the top to the bottom. I laughed at the paltry amounts that caused a devastating overhaul of the British Parliament last year, when compared to the amounts of money you find spinning around even local government here. It's repulsive, but what is worse is the way good people give up on doing anything about it. People have cynically accepted the status quo. The transport chaos is a perfect example of the end results. I was always led to believe that Americans complain and get things done. I haven't seen any evidence of this yet. Campaign finance reform should come before EVERTHING else on peoples agendas because NOTHING else can get done without reform.
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