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Pay-to-Play And Distaste For Politics

Gists from a WaPo article titled “The GOP’s remedy for ‘pay-to-play”. A major reason for Cantor losing his position was that he lost at the polls over his perceived support for Wall St and banking, wasn’t taking care of the home folks.

His loss is emblematic of the need for political parties to raise really large sums of money to get elected or remain in office. This upsets the voters leaving the incumbents to feel the need to raise even more money next time, and so on - - -

It's long been the bane of elected officials to work the phones to raise money for their candidacy and for other party officials. Example: at the start of this congressional session, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's daily schedule for members reportedly prescribed four hours of donor call time and two hours of constituent service per day.

Dan Balz has an article in today's WaPo relating that a leaked document from Michelle Nunn's campaign recommended that in the 1st qtr of this year she spend 80 percent of her time fundraising, 75 percent in the 2nd qtr and 70 percent in the current three months.

Balz really breaks bad on money in politics. Says three in four are dissatisfied with the way the political system works. One fifth say members of congress deserve to be reelected.

What I can't understand is why the other 4/5ths can't get energized to do something to change the status quo. I think the right approach to reform is thru a new 3rd party w/a/dif/pol/att - a party founded on some rules to shunt the money influence and cooption by Corpocracy.

Otherwise, we have the corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by Roy Ellis at August 25, 2014 9:58 AM
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