Big Money Drowns Out Citizen Speech
By Georgia Platts, John Fioretta and Derek Cressman
Money talks, and big money in politics is drowning out the speech of ordinary citizens.
When wealthy interests give large campaign contributions they let politicians know what they want. And they usually get it.
It may not be formal bribery but it sure looks like it.
Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page are political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern University who in 2014 compared the preferences of ordinary voters and economic elites with 1,779 actual policy outcomes.
Turns out that economic elites have a substantial impact on policy while average citizens have little to no influence.
That’s right folks! There is almost no relationship between constituent preferences and actual law.
As just one example, financial deregulation let big banks gamble with our money—crashing the economy in 2008. Taxpayers bailed them out but got spiking unemployment and foreclosures in return.
To see the entire, unedited article, go to the San Jose Mercury News where the article continues.
Derek Cressman is a spokesperson for California Common Cause. John Fioretta is a volunteer for Move to Amend. Georgia Platts is a volunteer with Money Out Voters In.
Posted on November 4, 2016, in politics/class inequality and tagged California Prop 59, Common Cause, legalized bribery, money in politics, Money Out Voters In, Move to Amend. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.