Quantcast

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.

Photo: Truth Revolt

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

On Thursday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump went after Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly calling her "crazy" for interviewing his...

A man walked into a police station and told officers that he was ready to confess to a horrific crime.

South African courts have heard four...

Delta Airlines has an unknown decade-long tradition for paying homage to fallen soldiers. A video captures the tribute by bag handlers who pay...

On Sunday, police found the decomposing bodies of Rosa Sanchez and Anderson Nunez. It turns out that Sanchez' daughter, Destiny, 15, has been...

Islamic State terrorists, also known as ISIS, have reportedly cut a 5-year-old boy in half. His father was the founding member of the St. George’s...

Latest News Stories

What will you do for love? Answers to that question vary, but it looks like this loving wife will do just about anything you can. At least that’s...

Just a day before Super Bowl LII, the NFL suffered a tragic loss of one of their own. Indianapolis Colt Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were in a...

The second Republican presidential debate began with an unprovoked attack from Donald Trump towards Rand Paul. Trump said, "First of all, Rand...

Though the FBI recommended that the Department of Justice not indict Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, Republicans are saying the issue is...

A female Detroit police officer was filmed giving school supplies to a poor little girl, and the clip was posted on social media.

Most of...