The best Congress money can buy.

I came across a graphic in regards to campaign fundraising for the 2013-2014 election cycle that would normally be quite shocking.  The website has created a handy informational graphic called “Who Owns Your Congressman?”.  This very interesting graphic shows where the big money originates in our system and who’s benefiting the most from the influx of cash.  Thanks to ever loosening campaign finance laws, I think we’re only at the tip of the avalanche of money that’s about to overcome our political system.  It’s often joked about, but there may soon be a day where elected officials simply wear NASCAR styled suits with all their sponsors listed.  I think that’s the closest we will ever get to campaign finance transparency.

Who Owns Your Congressman?

With a total of approximately $441,501,321 raised in campaign contributions, that is enough to pay the $174,000 salary for all 535 members of Congress for almost 5 years.  As the graphic states, there are other uses for that money that could better this country as opposed to re-electing 85% of the people who are getting paid to pretty much do nothing but avoid doing the jobs they were elected to do.

If there is no better graphic available, this one should be proof enough to show we need public financing of elections.  There is no way anybody can expect honesty and trustworthiness to come from a system with that much money circulating around.  People are not giving huge sums of money just for the ego stroke of helping someone win a popularity contest.  As the saying goes, “To the victor goes the spoils”, and you’d better believe there’s quid pro quo in effect when this kind of money is being tossed around.

How much longer will we tolerate such a system here in America?  We can’t demand others hold fair and honest elections while we don’t require the same here.  If we’re going to continue to go this route, we may as well let these campaign donors pay the salaries of Congress instead of using taxpayer dollars.  It’s not like Congress is doing anything for us anyway.  They’re too busy taking care of things for their sponsors.  We could then direct that money towards things to actually help out those of us who don’t have millions to spend on our own personal Congressman.

Next summer, the SCOTUS will drop another decision in the succession of campaign finance cases.  I’m hoping they will see the wisdom in limiting the potential corruption of our system with the injection of massive sums of money, but based on previous rulings, I think I have a better chance of being the winning quarterback in this year’s Super Bowl.


2 thoughts on “The best Congress money can buy.

  1. C’mon now Bro, you really think my Congressman pays more attention to the Chamber of Commerce than he does to me? 😆

    The list of contributors is very interesting. At the top, the Chamber, which at least in my county receives part of their funds from local taxes (while preaching that government should stay out of business, unless of course it’s to give business breaks, subsidies, etc). I’ve always contended they’re nothing but a government subsidized private club.

    Lots of military contractors, medical and energy people there as well. I’m sure none of them have anything to gain, to hear them tell it.

    National Association of Broadcasters is another interesting one. At least a part of the NAB would be made of news broadcasters, who in theory are supposed to be watch dogs.

    Oh well, as Scarlett O’Hara would say, I’ll worry about that tomorrow.

    For this evening, I’ll just wish everybody a Merry Christmas, whether they want me to or not. 😉


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