Ed Schultz Shines A Light On The Billionaire Rat, Harold Hamm

While most of the media was focusing on the winners and losers in Arizona, perhaps the story with bigger immediate implications was happening in Montana. The Supreme Court has  a 100-year old Montana law banning corporate political spending, and ruled 5 to 4 that their own 2010 Citizens United ruling applies to all state and local elections. The conservatives, champions of states rights, must have been up in arms. Not so much.

The 1912 Montana law had barred direct corporate contributions to political parties and candidates, in response to 3 robber barons of the day – , , and . These so-called “” of Montana used their cash to control the state and tilted it to their favor, much as the modern day Koch Brothers and their flock of billionaire right-wing donors – including on Harold Hamm.

Speaking of the Montana ruling, Ed Schultz speculated that “You have to wonder if we’ve lost the country and I say that we are in the process of seeing a fundamental shift in America right now. They ruled against a Montana law that specifically was designed to stop these Copper Barons… to stop people from buying elections. To stop people from being corrupt.”

Montana Governor Schweitzer predicts that the state’s long record of fair and inexpensive elections has come to and end with the ruling. “They tell us we have to accept dirty, secret, corporate, and even foreign money, pouring into Montana, taking over everything from the courthouse all 铁汇 the way to the statehouse. And I’ll tell you this, until we get this reversed, the corporate  interests—and they will be foreign corporate interests as well—they are going to own everything from the white house to the courthouse. That’s what’s in store for us,” Gov. Schweitzer stated.

Under the state law, legislators could spend around $2000-5000 to get elected, making it possible for ordinary citizens to run for office and to fund grassroots campaigns. But now those days are likely over.

“Lets face it: Money is power,” Schweitzer continued. “Money buys television advertisements. And if you have enough money buying enough television advertisements, you can sway the election. Not just sway, buy. And so there is not going to be the other side of the story.”

21st Century Robber Baron, Harold Hamm

On Tuesday’s , the host started his first hour with a primer on Mr. Harold Hamm (read ). Hamm is the 30th richest person in America and in the top 100 in the world, with a net worth of over $11 billion. He is the CEO of Continental Resources, one of the largest players in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields and the #1 fracking company in the oil business. Continental Resources is also , having dumped 87,557 gallons of crude oil and 109,704 gallons of fracking fluid onto state soil.

Hamm, it should be known, is acting-Governor Jack Dalrymple’s top campaign donor and has been flexing his political muscle in North Dakota as of late. Beyond North Dakota politics, Harold Hamm is the Chairman of Mitt Romney’s Energy Policy Advisory group. Hamm gave the 2nd largest donation to Mitt Romney’s Super Pac, to the tune of $985,000, according to Schultz.

Lest you wonder his true political leanings, he spent the weekend with the . According to the Koch brothers, the path to freedom is paved in billionaires donations to their Tea Party division.

“Oil companies, in that portion of the country, are now going to be able to elect the best lawmakers money can buy,” says Schultz. “In every state and local election, they’re going to be able to get right in there and cash-whip a county.”

In striking down the Montana law, the Supreme Court has said that corporations are free to influence elections as they see fit. Super PAC’s secret funding will protect the donors from being linked to the obscene ads they produce. They’ll continue to create puppet “education and awareness” groups that pop-up in each state in play – like North Dakota – where they can use smear tactics to chip away at good people who are doing their patriotic duty to serve their state.

“Let me take you to Western North Dakota,” Schultz continued. “There’s a county there that’s the least populated county in the country. And in this county there’s oil. How much do you think a judgeship would cost in this county? Or a county commissioners spot? Money is going to be falling from the sky to these right-wingers.”

“You know what? No one is going to be able to say a word about it. And it’s not about creating jobs – it’s about lining their pockets with more and more money.”

Ladies and gentlemen – North Dakota’s own Copper King, Harold Hamm.