America's Biggest Super PAC Donors

  • Aired:  02/02/12
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Super PACs haven't led to billionaires secretly buying democracy, they've led to billionaires publicly buying it. (2:58)

MOLESTINGS ARE ON THE RISE.

OH, WELL.

NATION, YOU KNOW, I HAVE

BEEN TALKING ABOUT SUPERPACS

FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW.

THEY WERE CREATED AFTER THE

SUPREME COURT CITIZENS

UNITED RULING WHICH ALLOWED

UNLIMITED CORPORATE

INDIVIDUAL OR UNION

DONATIONS FOR POLITICAL

SPEECH.

I LIKE TO THINK OF THEM AS A

GIVE A PENNY, TAKE AN

ELECTION TRADE.

WELL, TUESDAY WAS THE

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUPERPACS

TO DISCLOSE HOW MUCH MONEY

THEY RAISED AND FROM WHOM.

AND TO ALL THE WORRYWARTS

OUT THERE, WHO SAID

SUPERPACS WERE GOING TO LEAD

TO A CABAL OF BILLIONAIRES

SECRETLY BUYING DEMOCRACY,

WRONG.

THEY ARE PUBLICLY BUYING

DEMOCRACY.

JIM.

>> RIGHT NOW TEN MILLION

DOLLARS IS FLOWING TO A PRO

GINGRICH SUPERPAC BANKROLLED

BY LAS VEGAS BILLIONAIRES

SHELDON AND MIRIAM ADELSON.

>> ROMNEY SUPERPAC RESTORE A

FUTURE TOOK HIM MORE THAN

$10 MILLION, BIG CHECKS

WRITTEN BY HIS FORMER

COLLEAGUES AT BAIN CAPITAL.

>> JON HUNTSMAN GOT SOME

HELP WITHIN THE FAMILY.

HIS FATHER JON HUNTSMAN

SENIOR GAVE HIS SUPERPAC

NEARLY $2 MILLION.

>> HUNTSMAN'S FATHER, BY THE

WAY, HAS BEEN NAMED OFFICIAL

HOST OF THIS YEAR'S MOST

AWKWARD THANKSGIVING DINNER.

IN FACT, HALF OF THE

CANDIDATE'S SUPERPAC MONEY,

$67 MILLION CAME FROM JUST

22 INDIVIDUALS.

NOW I AM SURE THAT THE GOOD

GOVERNMENT GOO GOOS OUT

THERE IS AING THIS IS JUST

HANDING ALL THE POWER TO THE

1%.

WHEN IN FACT, 22 PEOPLE OUT

OF A POPULATION OF 300

MILLION PEOPLE IS IN FACT,

GIVE ME ONE SECOND, SORRY

SORRY-- THAT'S 7/1

1,000,000, OF 1% SO OCCUPY

WALL STREET, ARE YOU GOING

WANT TO CHANGE THOSE SIGNS.

FOLKS, THIS IS WHAT THE

SUPREME COURT INTENDED WITH

THEIR CITIZENS UNITED

RULING.

22 BILLIONAIRES DECIDING WHO

OUR NEXT LEADER WOULD BE.

NOW I'M SURE IT'S THE WAY

THAT THE 22 BILLIONAIRES WHO

CHOSE OUR FOUNDING FATHER

WAS WANT IT.

SO JOIN ME IN HONORING THESE

22 PATRIOTS WHO HAVE GIVEN

SO MUCH AND EXPECT SO MUCH

IN RETURN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE

YOU THE PEOPLE SELECTING OUR

NEXT PRESIDENT.

>> OH BEAUTIFUL,

FORESPACIOUS SKIES, FOR

AMBER WAVES OF GRAY.

FOR PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTY,

ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAIN.

AMERICA, AMERICA ♪

♪ GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON

THEE ♪

♪ AND CROWN THY GOOD ♪

♪ WITH BROTHERHOOD ♪

♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪

♪ WHOA!

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: GOSH, I HO

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