Former President Jimmy Carter discusses some of the accomplishments made by the Carter Centre in Atlanta.
12 September 2012. Former President Jimmy Carter issued a blistering indictment of the U.S. electoral process Tuesday, saying it is shot through with “financial corruption” that threatens American democracy. He condemned the American electoral process as one of the worst in the world. He slammed the U.S. Supreme Court decision, in the case known as Citizens United, which allows unlimited contributions to third-party groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. He said that more than $ 6 billion was raised this year for the presidential, Senate and House campaigns. Carter recalled that when he ran for president in 1976 and for re-election in 1980, he raised “zero” because the candidates accepted public financing. He noted that United States should return to the publicly financed Presidential elections. The system is already in place but both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have chosen to bypass the taxpayer money because they can raise far more on their own.