Democratic politicos were smirking yesterday when Mitt Romney veered waaaayy off-message at the Iowa State Fair and proclaimed that taxes should not rise on corporations because, “corporations are people.”
Adding himself to the pile-on now is Public Advocate Bill de Blasio:
“While Mitt Romney may believe corporations are people, for most working Americans, ExxonMobil is not a friend, Wal-Mart is not a cousin and Google is only metaphorically their big brother,” he said in a statement. ” The truth is that Mitt Romney’s honesty moment reveals just how tainted our Democracy has become thanks to Citizens United. Instead of defending corporations that are secretly pouring millions into our elections, candidates and elected officials should be fighting to represent the real people in our country.”
De Blasio has made corporate contributions to politicians one of the cornerstones of his tenure as public advocate, launching something called the National Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending in order to a non-partisan pressure candidates to increase the disclosure of who gives them money. As 2013 approaches, he is also trying to assume Anthony Weiner’s mantle of being a national voice on issues that matter to progressives.
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