“But when it comes to accurately depicting the ebb and flow of money in politics, the Netflix hit drama gets two thumbs down.”
The Wire’s David Simon on our political system, or what it should be: “you don’t count more because you run a corporation and you can heave in favor of your political philosophy onto the process. You don’t count more, you’re one guy.”
(Moyers & Company)
Our elections: a shouting match between wealthy Democrats:
"In early February, Mr. Steyer gathered two dozen of the country’s leading liberal donors and environmental philanthropists to his 1,800-acre ranch in Pescadero, Calif. — which raises prime grass-fed beef — to ask them to join his efforts. People involved in the discussions say Mr. Steyer is seeking to raise $50 million from other donors to match $50 million of his own."
and wealthy Republicans:
A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.
In Washington, everyone’s got a lobbyist:
As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options.
The group is working the halls of Congress in closed-door meetings, underwriting research favorable to its position and mounting a news media campaign in an effort to preserve Washington as the capital of paper — and slow the move away from printed checks, forms and other paper communication.
On Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that blends small dollar donors and public matching funds to empower everyday people in our political process.
“Without a fundamental reform of the way we finance campaigns, we cannot bring real reform to Capitol Hill,” Durbin said in a release.
(Via Public Campaign)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is in Chicago today for a series of fundraisers, including:
"Private meetings in the afternoon with high-dollar donors were to be capped with a dinner at the home of billionaire couple Ken and Anne Griffin."
In 2012, Griffin was asked, “Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?”
His response: “I think they actually have an insufficient influence.”
Does a dinner at your home with a possible 2016 presidential candidate count as sufficient or?