Today, Vox published an article showing
40 charts that explained money in politics.
When it comes to money in politics, you really only need on chart, and it shows that everyday voices are being drowned out by big money.
In our democracy, we should hear from every voice, not just those of elites and lobbyists.
“An explosion of spending on political advertising on television – set to break
$2 billion in congressional races – is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wrestling control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.” http://nyti.ms/1thEgQs
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, one of the
wealthiest men in the world, might spend up to $100 million on 2014 races, according to CNN.
What kind of influence would $100 million buy in Congress?
July 17, 2014 I think there is absolutely a chance that the Kentucky race ends up costing more than $100 million.
- Billy Piper, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) former chief of staff (
NPR put together a list of things $100 million could buy in the Bluegrass State—including a bottle bourbon for all four million Kentucky residents.
At a committee hearing recently, a member of Congress complained he needed to get going because “
I have a fundraiser I’ve got to get to right after.” Members of Congress are elected to legislate, not raise money. on the increasing conflict between the two. Read this Roll Call story
July 16, 2014 This whole thing is just ridiculous. I can out raise almost anybody, but it’s not the way we should go.