Now that the Republican primaries are in high gear, with large amounts of corporate and individual money pouring into PAC's (Political Action Committees) and Super PAC's, it may be time to consider the possible effect of the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on the selection and promotion of top corporate executives. I think the law of unexpected consequences may be at work again.
A few years ago, I was working in the corporate planning offices of a large and very well-known U.S. company. Every year, officers of the company were asked to write a series of blank checks, each in the maximum amount then allowable for an individual contribution to a candidate for political office. Senior management would bundle the checks and give them to the campaigns of selected politicians.