NFL football games regularly feature displays honoring the U.S. military: moments of silence, speeches and videos honoring the troops, and even synchronized air force “flyovers” in which F-16 jets fly over NFL stadiums in formation while fans cheer.
It came out in March 2015 that everything—even the moments of silence—are paid for by the U.S. military itself. In all, the armed forces spend almost 700 million dollars annually on ad campaigns.
Almost $700 million annually. That’s almost what was spent to elect Barack Obama president in the two-year 2008 election cycle. Yet when “campaign finance reformers” decry “money in politics” they speak only of private-sector money and ignore the much-greater threat of government money.
The government has been repeatedly caught paying news outlets for pro-government news stories. See here.
If you spent twenty thousand dollars to fund ads attacking government propaganda, your twenty-thousand-dollar ad campaign would be called “corruption” by some “reformers.” The billions spent by government to promote government are never viewed this way.
Campaign-finance reformers conceal their true desires: to unleash massive government regulation upon the business community and deprive that community of any right to protest or inform the public of the stupidity of such regulation.