Dollarcra$y: the reality of venality replacing Democracy 

By Jim Wesberry | “In order to achieve the widest possible distribution of political power, financial contributions to political campaigns should be made by individuals alone. I see no reason for labor unions — or corporations — to participate in politics. Both were created for economic purposes and their activities should be restricted accordingly….Our nation is facing a crisis of liberty if we do not control campaign expenditures. We must prove that elective office is not for sale. We must convince the public that elected officials are what James Madison intended us to be, agents of the sovereign people, not the hired hands of rich givers….” Senator Barry Goldwater in "Conscience of a Conservative"     Political campaign finance corruption: "the reality & appearance of improper influence stemming from the dependence of candidates on large campaign contributions." -  Chief Justice Warren Burger in Buckley v. Valeo 1976.

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Money flows in Illinois race

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This should be taught in schools.

That's a LOT of money. 😮

From January to March, Soros's group lobbied on three issues. From April to June, the group lobbied 17 different issues, including the Bill on Foreign Funded Organizations in Hungary (LexNGo), Hungary's crack down on foreign-funded organizations in the country.