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Jimmy Carter Lashes Out at ‘Unlimited Political Bribery’

The United States has become an oligarchy because large campaign contributions allow the wealthy to control the government, former President Jimmy Carter alleged Tuesday.

He told liberal radio talk-host Thom Hartmann that “unlimited political bribery” has resulted in “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors,” The Intercept reported.

Carter’s comments were in response to Hartmann’s question regarding the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling, which permitted rich individuals and large corporations to make huge donations to the campaigns of candidates running for president, Congress and state governor.

“Our Supreme Court has now said, ‘unlimited money in politics.’ It seems like a violation of principles of democracy,” the show host said.

The former president agreed, calling the court’s ruling “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over.”

“The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves,” Carter said. “Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.”

Carter served one term in the White House, from 1977-81, losing his bid for re-election to Ronald Reagan.

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