Monday, April 4, 2016

John Oliver: Congressional fundraising

God, this is just depressing, isn't it?

Keep in mind that you can get $1,000 (or more) from one person, or you can get $50 from 20 people or $10 from 100 people. So of course you're going to work on the wealthiest of your constituents, and those are the people you're really going to listen to.

You still need votes, of course, and 100 votes from poor people will help you out a lot more than one vote from a wealthy person. We are not entirely helpless here, not at all. But as long as money is critical in our election system - and it is critical - we'll be waging an uphill battle.

Money is not speech. Money is money, and some people have a lot more of it than other people. If money is speech, as the right-wing claims, then that means rich people have the right to a lot more speech than the rest of us, and that's just wrong.


Chimeradave said...

Wow i had no idea about this. definitely not going to ever run for office. I hate making "cold calls."

WCG said...

I agree, John. It sounds absolutely miserable, doesn't it? What a way to run a country!