Money is distorting democracy now. Money not only determines who wins, but often who runs. If you’ve got a good idea and $10,000 and I’ve got a terrible idea and $1 million, I can convince people that the terrible idea is a good one.
One way to be able to control the message would be to buy it.
—Donald L. Fowler, former chairman, Democratic National Committee
Running for office has become a far more expensive enterprise than ever before. In order to compete, let alone win, candidates for federal, statewide, and many other offices are having to spend more money and devote more time to raising funds. In many ways, candidates have become more dependent on monied interests to help them get elected: the race for office has become a race for money.