We can all debate whether the Supreme Court decision in Citizen's United was right or wrong. The arguments on both sides are highly compelling and thought provoking. What cannot be debated is that the results of the decision will include money pouring in from big business and rich individuals who want to influence the election so that their candidate wins or their issue gains favor.
There was a silver lining for those of us who believe that more outside money in politics will lead to more corruption once the election is over and payback must begin, and that these new rules absolutely squashed the voice of the average voter. Super PACs must disclose their donors.
If the American public pays attention we will be able to analyze who gave money to each candidate, and in that way we can figure out what they hope to convince the candidate to do. If companies that want environmental regulations lifted are huge contributors, we know that their candidate will face pressure to loosen environmental regulations, for example.
Many of us are deeply concerned about the effect of incresed money from big business and wealthy individuals in elections, and we are hopeful that people will take the time to understand where the money is coming from and what the donors are hoping to influence.