Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving


“Are they going to return people’s phone calls? Yeah, I’m sure they’re going to return people’s phone calls,” Mr. Keating said. “But I don’t think it’s going to drive policy.”

Source: Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving - The New York Times

He's talking about donors and whether they'll sway policy. Who's stupid enough to fall for that line?

Donors give money to people who generally share their ideology, who are stumping for what the donors want. More money to those candidates means those candidates will be heard over those without rich backers. Those who are heard get a chance to rise in the polls and to be in the debates. If the donors' candidate wins, the policies will have been placed via the donors' money fueling that candidate's win. It's that simple, plain, and clear.

David Keating is the president of the Center for Competitive Politics. Competitive there means money competing. That's all.

Modern democracy is that each person's vote counts the same regardless of the wealth of the individual voter. Capitalism in politics means each person's say counts as much as he or she has and gives to get what he or she wants out of politics. Never the twain shall meet: never shall democracy meet capitalism. They are polar opposites and mortal enemies of each other.

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