Conservatives are fond of citing America’s Founding Fathers whenever it seems convenient, whether to back up their fringe beliefs that certain government programs are unconstitutional, to talk about what form of government in which they believe, and sometimes even when the person they’re citing isn’t a Founding Father at all.
Conservatives are also fond of a certain Supreme Court decision that blew up campaign finance laws and opened the door for unlimited — and often undisclosed — donations to super PACs, the campaign organizations that played a marked role in the 2010 midterm elections and have already had a substantial impact on the 2012 Republican primary.
With that in mind, ThinkProgress asked several “Founding Fathers” who attended last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference what they thought about the rise of super PACs and if they intended for elections to one day be dominated by small groups of wealthy individuals and corporations that could funnel huge sums of money into the electoral system. Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson all told ThinkProgress that super PACs were never their intention, as did a 19th century veteran of the fight for the Alamo. James Madison, meanwhile, said he anticipated the rise of super PACs, but that the domination of money in politics would “destroy the country.” Watch it: