Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.
History never repeats itself; but lessons can be learned. And one that is as clear as it can be is that if the political system is rigged in favor of a wealthy minority, the rest of the society will be given short-shrift.
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.
Why do campaigns want your time? They didn't always. The current emphasis on volunteer involvement stands in stark contrast to the situation in the 1990s, where some campaigns allegedly turned away would-be volunteers, because they do not know what to do with them.
Felonius Ax of the Billionaires here, reporting from Tampa: So they're postponing the opening of the Republican Convention due to extreme weather. All of us big bundlers are hunkering down at the Weston Tampa Harbor Island Hotel.
With all that is going on in the world, would it not be great if the candidates stopped the 'speed dating' fundraising and really talked to America and listened to America -- not with and to just the ones with their wallets open?
The Republic based on the people's interests having sway through an unpolluted representative democracy is gone. Money and government are nearly one. The interests of the earth and our people -- the 99% -- are virtually unrepresented.