What could you do with $3 billion? You could give every child living in poverty in the U.S. almost $200. You could endow an organization or school that spends $120 million a year in perpetuity. Or you could finance the U.S. presidential election.
The dust from the 2014 election is still settling, but at over $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, this campaign season was record breaking. And with the average American household earning $53,046a year, regular citizens cannot participate in elections.
One challenge for both groups is that they have spent a lot of time decrying the outsized influence of big spenders in elections
(Watch the ad above.) LCV President Gene Karpinski said Thursday that the group is on pace to spend $25 million this election
We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.
On Wednesday the five-man U.S. Supreme Court majority dropped the second shoe hard on the notion of political democracy. The first shoe was dropped four years ago in the Citizens United case.
In another example of the network funded by David and Charles Koch jumping to defend the billionaire brothers, a conservative nonprofit group released a new Web ad Sunday that counters Democratic attacks on the Kochs' election-year spending.
The Koch-backed group American Commitment spent $50,000 on the ad, which will run online only. It draws from a speech Senate
The whole election has left a bad taste in my mouth. Big American elections bring out the worst in people's natures. The euphoria from the results may erase the ugliness temporarily, but the enmity and spite is still present, just under the surface.
The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years