Connect the Dots
Let’s look at the ballot box and connect the dots...
The Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) decision in Citizens United allows shadowy special interests to spend unlimited sums in our elections.
SCOTUS guts the Voting Rights Act, striking down provisions of the law that protected minorities in states with a history of voting rights discrimination.
In the McCutcheon v. FEC decision, SCOTUS gives the wealthy and well-connected even more power over our democracy by allowing them to shower political candidates with up to $3.5 million -- nearly 30 times more than previous limits.
Why is the Roberts Supreme Court making it harder to vote in elections and much easier to buy them?
Let’s look at what it takes to run for Congress and connect the dots...
The average amount a candidate must raise every two years to win a Congressional election.
Amount supplied by the high-end donor class during the 2014 election cycle. This was nearly half of all federal contributions during that cycle and it came from just ¼ of 1% of the U.S. population.
30% to 70%
Percent of time the average member of Congress has to spend on fundraising and interacting with the donor class in order to raise needed funds.
Sources: Open Secrets, Lessig "Republic Lost"
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GOP Law Enforcement Chiefs Invited Donors To Help Set Policy Via Secret Bulletin Board
• Feb 12, 2018
Alex Perez and Lee Fang, Maplight
An association of top Republican law enforcement officials has created a secret online bulletin board called the "Briefing Room" that's allowing big donors to help shape legal policy, according to records reviewed by MapLight and The Intercept.
Trump Organization Revives Project In Dominican Republic, Roiling Local Politics
• Feb 07, 2018
Marcus Baram, Fast Company
For President Trump, Haiti may be a “shithole.” But on the other side of the island is a country that he clearly thinks could be a goldmine—and a potential windfall for his family’s business empire.
Voices from around the country.
I’m 24 years old, recently out of college, and finally entering the work force. As an active voter, it disappoints me as an American that millionaires and billionaires are able to make my one vote seem more and more insignificant with each passing election. The size of their wallets and ability to open up massive pipelines of cash into the political process will never stop me from supporting those who have my best interest at heart. HR 20 stands up for me and millions of Americans who might not be able to write those hefty checks but find the value of casting their ballot on Election Day to be just as significant.