Scott Swenson Vice President for Communications Ph: 202.736.5713 firstname.lastname@example.org
on February 20, 2016
Gov. Bush certainly is not the first – and won’t be the last – candidate to lose an election despite raising and spending more money than his opponents. But suggestions that his withdrawal demonstrates that money doesn’t matter in our politics are ludicrous. Here are four reasons why:
Americans understand that the power of big money has thrown our political system out of balance. The good news is that we can still fix it; every poll shows that overwhelming majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters favor tougher disclosure requirements and political spending limits, plus campaign financing systems that empower small dollar donors by matching their contributions with public funds. There’s a deep reservoir of support waiting to be tapped by candidates who lay out a specific plan to attack big money and a tight timeline for implementing it once they’re in office.
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Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Money in Politics