Report Cites US as Example of Worlds Failing Democracies | Common Dreams

An international commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan warns that the worlds democracies, and the United States specifically, are being corrupted by the increasingly strong role of “uncontrolled, undisclosed, illegal and opaque” financing of political campaigns.Protesters unveil a banner at the Lincoln Memorial in 2010 to protest the Citizens United ruling. The Annan report criticises the ruling for shaking Americans confidence in the political process. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe report by the commission, staffed with former world leaders and Nobel prize laureates, stipulated that powerful financial institutions and the surging influence of money in politics was harmful to both emerging and more developed democracies across the globe. “The rise uncontrolled political finance,” warned the report, “threatens to hollow out democracy everywhere and rob democracy of its unique strengths”.The Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security is presenting its finding today in London.

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