Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to share his thoughts on the defeat of the DISCLOSE Act, which Senate Republicans blocked for a second day in a row despite unanimous Democratic support. The legislation was designed to require greater transparency in campaign advertising in an effort to combat the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.
“What really frightens me is not just the disastrous nature of Citizens United, but the whole trend that we are seeing lately, economically etc., of moving this country toward an oligarchic form of government. What you have right now is incredibly unequal distribution of wealth and income,” Sanders says, going on to note that “the Walton family of Walmart itself owns more wealth — one family — than the bottom 40 percent of the American people.”
He continues, “You’ve got that reality out there, and then what’s happening now — what Citizens United is about — is these guys are not content to own the economy, to own the wealth of America, they now want to own lock, stock and barrel the political process as well.”