Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) appeared on the MSNBC politics program, The Dylan Rattigan Show, on Wednesday to discuss the health care legislation. Dingell remains in favor of a single-payer system.
Toward the end of the interview, Rattigan asked Dingell to comment on how the public now views Congress. The Congressman used the question to condemn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC in the most vehement terms we've heard. He also claimed that the decision would allow Iranian government-owned corporations and Chinese arms merchants to contribute to U.S. campaigns. Excerpt:
DINGELL: Is there too much money in politics? Absolutely. Did the recent action of the Supreme Court allowing corporate contribution to campaign, campaigns, was that a good thing? Absolutely not. It was an abomination.
And it means that, for example, that the Iranian Guard-controlled corporations can now contribute to American campaigns. It means that Norinco, the Chinese arms manufacturer, can contribute to American campaigns. And there's altogether too much money in campaigns. They go along too long. And the only way that we have been able to address this so far has been to impose basic limitations on the amount that could be expended, and to see to it that we had publicly financed campaigns for the presidency.
In addition to this, we tried to see to it that we had revelations and openness with regard to who it is who contributes and how the money is spent.
But clearly, as you agree, I think, this is an inadequate situation and it's going to be made more difficult in view of the very evil decision that has been brought forth by the Supreme Court recently.
The discussion starts about six minutes into the segment, available on video here.