Money and Political Power Influence: The Supreme Court Unfortunately Favors the Fortunate

Whether you are a Republican or Democrat is irrelevant. People who know me from the city council or as a lawyer will tell you I have a reputation of being balanced and open minded. The newspaper here recently wrote a very complimentary article about me and mentioned my willingness to see both sides of every argument. So, understand my feelings here are NOT grounded in party politics…but rather the over influence of the rich. I’m not rich but I’m better off than many and I don’t think I should have the right to purchase more political influence or advertising than the average American. Access to the media is
politics. Today’s Supreme Court ruling simply means that any one mega-rich person (and there are billionaire Democrats too) can outspend and out influence the citizens of an entire community, county or even some states. Does anyone think that makes sense? I don’t. Super-rich, super-small groups can buy almost anything…including people’s attention…because as Americans we don’t research; we don’t do broad based analysis; we just watch TV. And believe whatever our TV channel of choice tells us…whether it’s Fox or MSNBC. And this terrifies me more than al Qaeda ever has.

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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