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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Mo’ Money, Less Democracy: Washington D.C.’s Quest for Fair Elections
• Apr 16, 2018
Evan Tucker, William & Mary Election Law Society
“[T]he notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was clear when queried about Citizens United: large spending in elections by a few eviscerates the essence of democracy. Government in America is “by the People, for the People;” it is not “by the few, for the few.”
Facebook a big contributor to the committees in Congress that will question Mark Zuckerberg
• Apr 04, 2018
Herb Jackson, USA Today
Members of the House and Senate committees that will question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about user privacy protection next week are also some of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from Facebook employees directly and the political action committee funded by employees.
Don’t let big and dark money ‘drown out the truth and drown out your voice'
• Apr 03, 2018
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post
Despite the tantalizing prospect of a wave election in November, Democrats face major structural obstacles to winning majorities in Congress. Recently, the potential impact of partisan gerrymandering has received needed attention, but one issue that is flying largely under the radar is the sheer amount of special-interest money that progressive candidates will have working against them.
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.