Spawned by the Supreme Court's horrific Citizens United decision, Super PACs are raising huge sums of money from a tiny group of wealthy individuals and corporations in an effort to buy the 2012 election and radically transform our democracy into a plutocracy.
Over a million people have signed petitions calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the court's ruling. This is neither naive nor impossible. The constitution has been amended 27 times. But passing an amendment will take time.
Meanwhile, we're faced with a genuine political crisis that threatens to derail our electoral system. One short-term remedy that would assist in mitigating some of the worst aspects of the court's decision would involve disclosure of corporate and individual campaign contributions.