Donors Unchained - Funding Fathers

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Senior Legal Analyst Aasif Mandvi explains how political representation in America is relative to net worth. (2:41)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

SO WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUTYESTERDAY'S SUPREME COURT

DECISION STRIKING DOWN FEDERALCAMPAIGN SPENDING LIMITS,

INDIVIDUAL DONORS ET CETERA.

OUR SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST AASIFMANDVI IS IN WASHINGTON

TONIGHT WITH MORE. ASSIF, THANKYOU FOR JOINING US.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

ASSIF WITH THIS RULING THE COURTONCE AGAIN EQUATING MONEY WITH

SPEECH.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, JON, LIKE THEOLD SAYING GOES, MONEY TALKS.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: WELL, THEN I GUESS

(bleep) IS EXERCISE BECAUSE(bleep) WALKS.

>> PRECISELY, JON.

GREAT ANALYSIS.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: HOW --

>> JON WHAT THE SUPREME COURTHAS CODIFIED TODAY IS THAT MONEY

IS INDEED EQUIVALENT TO SPEECH.

IN OTHER WORDS MO MONEY MOPRONOUNS.

>> Jon: BY THAT LOGIC CUTTINGENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS COULD BE A

FORM OF CENSORSHIP?

>> HOW IS THAT?JON, I DON'T KNOW WHAT AMERICA

YOU LIVE IN THIS THIS AMERICAYOU EARN

THE RIGHT TO SPEAK WITH YOURMONEY.

>> Jon: NOT ALL RICH PEOPLEHAVE EARNED THEIR MONEY.

SOME OF THEM HAVE WHAT YOU CALL,YOU KNOW, VERY TALKATIVE PARENTS

WHO -->> JON, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING

THE LISTENING DON'T CARE WHERETHE TALKING IS COMING FROM.

ALL THEY WANT IS THAT SWEET,SWEET WALKING AROUND VERBIAGE.

THIS COUNTRY WAS FUNDED ON THEPRINCIPLE --

>> Jon: DID YOU JUST SAY FUNDED-- YOU SAID FUNDED?

>> FUNDED, NO FOUNDED.

>> Jon: YOU SAID FUNDED.

YOU SAID FUNDED.

>> I DID NOT. THEPRINCIPLES SET IN

PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY BYOUR FUNDING FATHERS.

>> Jon:YOU SAID IT AGAIN.

YOU SAID FUNDED.

>> I ASSURE YOU I DIDN'T.

CAN I JUST BLING YOU BACK TO THEPOINT?

>> Jon: ASSIF IF MONEY EQUALSSPEECH AS INCOME INEQUALITY

GROWS, POOR PEOPLE DON'T GET AVOICE.

>> OF COURSE THEY DO IT'S JUSTTHAT IT'S A LEVEL THAT

[WHISPERING] -- REPRESENTS THEIRSIGNIFICANCE.

>> Jon: I CAN BARELY EVEN HEARWHAT YOU WERE SAYING THERE.

>> FACE FACTS, MONEY EQUALSSPEECH. SO IN THIS COUNTRY

THE RICH PEOPLE ARE VERIZON, CANYOU HEAR ME NOW?

HOW ABOUT NOW.

RIGHT?

>> Jon: WHAT ARE THE POORPEOPLE?

>> THE POOR PEOPLE ARE THE GUYIN THE SUBWAY THAT

TELLS YOU YOUR STOP.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WHAT?

>> EXACTLY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: ASSIF MANDVI,EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU, ASSIF.

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