Romney Trying To Make “Lemonade Out Of Turds” Says Reporter Who Published Video

The reporter who helped bring national attention to video of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of the electorate says Romney is now trying to make “lemonade out of turds” with his explanation of what he meant. Mother Jone’s reporter David Corn appeared on Democracy Now this morning to talk about how a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter helped him find the video, but then talked about how Romney has handled the uproar the video has caused. Romney told a Univision town hall Wednesday night that “so many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes.” Which is only partially true since most people in poverty are still paying sales taxes and many of them are paying property taxes. Corn says those same people Romney is trying to sound compassionate about were the ones he dismissed in the video.

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Campaign Cash: How Citizens United Will Change Elections Forever

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger

Undue corporate influence over U.S. elections has been a serious problem in American politics for decades, but this year’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission made things worse. Worst of all, we may never know the extent of the damage. Citizens United freed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money backing specific political candidates, and without congressional action, those expenditures can be completely anonymous. Major corporations are already capitalizing on the new legal landscape by the millions, and the public doesn’t really know who is buying what influence or why. That’s why The Media Consortium will be carefully watching the effects of this ruling in the run up to this year’s midterm elections.