Both Republicans and Democrats Hate Money in Politics — So Why is it Still a Problem?

You might think there’s nothing republicans and democrats can agree on anymore, but it’s not true. When it comes to money in government, the division isn’t between republican and democrat, but rather between politicians and the rest of the population.

  1. Intentionally obscuring the true nature of the laws being passed, through confusing wording or messaging around it. For instance, 80% of Americans believed campaign finance laws were corrupt, or would of had the purpose of “helping current congress members get reelected.” (Jason Stanley, How Propaganda Work). Actually, these laws were in place to set limits on how much individuals could contribute to a campaign, and these limits were removed in 2014. But, there was enough confusion about what the law meant that many people didn’t object, because they believed a corrupt law was being removed.
  2. Only allowing people who are able to raise massive sums of money to run for congress. This isn’t a legal requirement, but has historically been a functional requirement. Elections are so expensive, that only the very rich — or people with connections to them — have been able to run for political office. This mean, naturally, that the interests of the rich are prioritized by politicians, because they are either rich themselves, or need to rely on the rich to get re-elected.
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