January in the year after an election is a busy time on Capitol Hill. As new members of Congress get settled in their offices and parties pick their leadership teams, political donors brave the cold to visit members of Congress they helped get elected.
In the five years since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United, the decision's impact is clear. Average American's voices are being drowned out by the outpouring of money from mega-donors and undercut by undisclosed spending by dark money groups.
Occupy Wall Street held an (un-)holy matrimony of a real human being to a non-human corporate "person" to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Citizen's United, granting corporations equal rights as living things.
Candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of the money they raised from individuals in contributions of at least $1,000 -- from just four one-hundredths of one percent of the population.