In the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest blow to any limits on campaign financing in this country, convicted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff says the justices are naive and do not understand how the influence of big money corrupts our political system.
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff disagrees with the Supreme Court’s April 2 ruling on campaign finance limits, which knocked down the limit donors can give to a political candidate.
“I don’t believe the [Supreme Court] Justices understand the connection between political money and corruption,” he told HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps. “It seems that none of them were politicians and none of them were elected officials, so maybe they just don’t get it. To think that the conveying of money is not going to create a corrupt relationship, I think is naive at best.”
Speaking as a former lobbyist who knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to swaying a politician in his favor, Abramoff conceded, “The legislative effort that needs to ensue… is to say: if you’re a lobbyist or a special interest, you can’t give or you can only give a de minimis amount. I don’t think any other approach is going to work, at least through this Court, and I’m not certain anything else will work legislatively either.”
That won’t work either, nor will it pass. The only possible solution is a constitutional amendment, which is highly unlikely.