Big money rules politics. Citizens United and similar rulings before it, have helped clear the way for the reality where politicians like Greg Walden write and vote for legislation that appeases corporate and wealthy donors, not their constituents. These few powerful donors have a huge influence over our laws and taxation systems, just because they invest in campaigns. That’s why I will not accept donations from corporations and PACs.
Congress has the power to write laws, decide tax rates and what is or is not taxed. If you can get access to a Congressperson your chances of influencing them increases.
Money = Access; Access = Influence; and Influence = Power
Those are three simple equations that wealthy donors, corporations and special interests know all too well. They are not stupid and they don’t make millions of dollars in campaign contributions because they are altruistic. Campaign contributions are an investment to them, just like buying stocks, bonds or real estate. The difference is that with campaign contributions their return on investment is generally, much higher. And we, the people, end up paying the true price.
This graphic from Open Secrets shows how the little amount of money the top 200 most politically active companies spend influencing the government, and how much money they get in return. The true cost however, is the great loss of our democracy.
I have written proposed legislation that would get big money out of politics, or at least neutralize it so people elected to office represent their constituents, not their campaign donors. See the full legislation concept for Campaign Finance Reform here.