By Adam Reilly
May 23, 2012
BOSTON — Former presidential candidate Bill Bradley says the American political system is broken — and it's partly the fault of the Citizens United decision.
In 2009 and 2010, "the financial industry contributed $318 million to politicians in Washington, the health care industry contributed $145 million and the energy industry $75 million," Bradley said. "So it shouldn't be any surprise to us that financial reform was watered down, that health care did not have a public option to private insurance and that we didn't even get around to an energy bill. … Money rests at the center."
Given the Supreme Court ruling, the only solution, he said, "is a constitutional amendment that says federalm\, state and local governments may limit the amount of money spent in political campaigns."
Bradley's political manifesto, "We Can All Do Better," was published this month.