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Salon: Anonymous cowards are buying the 2010 election


TV, radio stations cashing in on attack ads from shadowy groups, mostly aiming at Dems. We must pursue their names 

-By Dan Gilmour

October 18, 2010- It's beginning to penetrate the public consciousness that the 2010 elections are being purchased, mostly for Republicans, by a shadowy group of wealthy cowards. These anonymous buyers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into attack ads, mostly against Democrats, via organizations that launder their money into an increasingly corrupt political system.

There's not much anyone can do about it during this election cycle. The response time of the people being attacked has been slow, at best, while journalists have been in typical form, discovering the problem too late to matter. The campaign season is essentially over, and what was plainly going to be a big Republican gain could well become a rout, no small thanks to the opinion launderers and their paymasters.

But unless we want our nation to be entirely governed by puppets, on strings wielded by people who stay entirely in the shadows, we'll need to find a way to put a hard stop to this -- or force the anonymous cowards into the open where we can learn who's doing the manipulating.

My short-term, personal response to the attack ads, and the one I hope you're adopting (as I suggested several weeks ago) has been to treat them exactly the way I treat anonymous comments on news sites and blogs: Someone who is so cowardly that he attacks others anonymously doesn't just deserve to be ignored; he invites active disbelief. Even the political organizations that do disclose their donors rarely do so in a timely way, so I've come to treat all attack ads as lies.

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