How Big Money Created the Most Polarized Congress in a Century: 5 Charts

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The incredible growth of PACs, the death of vote splitting, and the demise of America’s cushiest retirement home

Greg Russak‘s insight:

An article with charts worth keeping at the ready, especially when the discussion turns to union versus corporate and trade group money.

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Billionaires Unchained: The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American “Democracy”

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Greg Russak‘s insight:

Is this really what the First Amendment is about?

“But what’s most striking about these groups is who funds them. An analysis by the liberal think tank Demos found that out of every $10 raised by super PACs in 2012, $9 came from just 3,318 people giving $10,000 or more. That small club of donors is equivalent to 0.0011% of the U.S. population.” – Andy Kroll

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