The Stealing of America: The Incestuous Relationship Between Government and Corporate America

“The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.”Ralph Nader

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC not only gave unfettered free speech rights to corporations but paved the way for unlimited amounts of money to be poured into election campaigns, especially those of presidential candidates. However, what really made that ruling so significant was not that the Court granted First Amendment rights to corporations — formerly reserved only for individual citizens — but that in doing so, the Court legitimized an incestuous relationship between government and its corporate controllers.