No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants Are Reshaping American Democracy

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8

The Money Chase

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.

—Bill Bradley

One way to be able to control the message would be to buy it.

—Donald L. Fowler, former chairman, Democratic National Committee


The Spiraling Cost of Running for Office

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.

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