Corporations can now
buy their own congressman or senator “donate” any amount of money to any election, as decided recently by the US Supreme Court “Citizens United” ruling.
Why make donations to politicians? To influence outcomes.
Join me and say, “I do not condone this, I do not consent.”
Campaign Cash Seating Charts
What if members of Congress were seated not by party but according to their major business sponsors–the industries which gave them the most money over their entire careers? (Source)
Owns donates the most to the US Senate?
The US Senate Campaign Cash Seating Chart
The Senate: Ruled by finance/insurance/real estate
SECTOR | # OF MEMBERS
Total seats | 100 (Source)
Owns donates the most to the US House of Representatives?
The US House Campaign Cash Seating Chart
The House: Labor + Finance/insurance/real estate
SECTOR | # OF MEMBERS
Total seats | 435 (Source)
How cheaply can Congress be bought and sold?
Average spent by House race winners, 2008: (Source)
- Average raised by challengers, 2010: $166,000
- Average raised by incumbents, 2010: $1 million
Average spent by Senate race winners, 2008: (Source)
- Average raised by challengers, 2010: $519,000
- Average raised by incumbents, 2010: $9.4 million
. . . in other words, it costs about $1.4 M to get your operative elected to the House, or $10 M to the Senate.
For a mere $1.6 B anyone can effectively buy themselves an entire US Congress.
How? Back your own operatives, “donate” $1.6 B to get most of them elected, and RULE! Of course, your operatives would have to be trained to say that your donations don’t influence them in any way. Right?
- Do the math: $1.6 B = (100 senators x $10 M) + (435 congressmen x $1.4 M)
- Put it in perspective: $1.6 B is less than 10% of the $16.2 B bonuses awarded to Goldman Sachs’ employees in 2009
We’re back to the late 19th century when the lackeys of robber barons literally deposited sacks of cash on the desks of friendly legislators. . . . We’re losing our democracy to a different system. It’s called plutocracy. (Source)
- Corporate Campaigning: Where Do Politicians Get Their Money? (creditloan.com)
- OpenSecrets.org Unveils Personal Financial Disclosure Forms For New Members of Congress (gloucestercitynews.net)