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 2016 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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