Saturday, June 23, 2012

Infographic: SuperPacs Drawing Millions

Private spending on public elections subverts one-person. one-vote.  Companies and elites literally buy themselves a political party and a politician.   This isn’t something new.  Citizens United simply brought cronyism and corruption out of the closet and into the mainstream.  These smarmy dealings were simply hidden from public eye before.

Campaign time should be limited by law and all campaigns spending should be public and limited by law to some substantially small fraction of what is spent today.  Money subverts truth.  Money subverts merit. 

If I as a citizen want to run for office and not affiliate with a party that guarantees corrupt political money and political infrastructure, (the highest spender in an election is correlated to about a 95% win-rate) I should be able to compete on merit  and not money.    With the internet, free video and free real-time ability to broadcast debates, Congressional campaign spending could easily be capped at something like $50,000 per candidate.   Then the election shifts from money to truth.  To merit.   Were that the case, almost no one in Congress today would be re-elected.  Millions upon millions of Americans are vastly more qualified to be public servants than the Parliament of Whores that exists today.

posted by TimingLogic at 9:44 AM