Commentary: American oligarchs used to quietly bankroll pols. Now they’re becoming them

On the night of the Iowa caucuses, Nina Turner, the national co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign, triggered a kerfuffle when she bluntly called Mike Bloomberg an oligarch. She said Americans who believe in democracy should be ashamed that oligarchs can buy their way into office.Jason Johnson, an MSNBC commentator, pushed back against Turner with a classic line American oligarchs love to hear. Bloomberg isn’t an oligarch, Johnson declared, “he’s a rich guy.”An oligarch, Johnson insisted, is “a rich person who got their money off of oil in Russia.”What Turner got right and Johnson misunders…

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