Progressive/Statist/Altruists constantly rail about “billionaires” and “Big Business” determining elections. They pray (do Democrats pray?) for the repeal of Citizens United – Citizens United was a Supreme Court decision codifying that freedon of speech prohibited the government from restricting independent political donations by a nonprofit corporation, but also extended this right to for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations. Progressive/Statist/Altruists were OK with unions, but not the others.
You would think from their outrage that Republicans had a lock on these donations (except, of course, unions which heavily donate to Democrat causes). However. when we look at the last election… say what! The Trump campaign committee spent about $248.3 million through mid-October, compared with $556 million by Clinton’s. That equals about $811,438 spent per Trump electoral vote, versus about $2.4 million spent per Clinton electoral vote.
Here is what The Hill had to say:
Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton’s upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire. The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018.
It’s also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments. (One must take the word “accomplishments” with a grain of salt – make that a tablespoon of salt! -RF)
As far as “money in politics” is concerned, the Democrat Party’s consternation over Citizens United is farsical, a charade, and an absurdity (see below):
As for The Rugged Individualist, I like the idea that money alone will no longer define election results. I am not so naive as to believe it will not still be a major factor, but hopefully will no longer be the DOMINANT factor.