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  •  rbird - the cost of running for Congress (8+ / 0-)

    is very high. Not only do you need to raise at least $1 million to run an effective primary campaign if you win the primary you need $5 - 10 million to run in the general. However, I think beyond raising campaign cash, unless you are already a politician with a large enough salary to pay your expenses, you have to take a year off work to campaign for Congress to be competitive. Who besides politicians or wealthy people can take a year off work to run for Congress?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:42:52 PM PDT

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    •  Aside from money, there is the reality that (2+ / 0-)
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      VClib, ZZZzzz

      the smarter Republican Party in 2010 census aftermath, gerrymandered som many congressional districts that the House of Representatives is no longer representative of the popular vote for the President. This situation remains till 2020, the next census opportunity. Thus, if Congress doesn't repair the Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act debacles, I think we have lost total control of any chance for our democracy. Our nation is stagnated and under the control of the corporations where the uneducated follow right wing radio and churches. Now, it's everyone for one's self, till enough people wake up at the same time to see the devastation and realize what we have lost to the !%..

    •  Sociologist G. William Domhoff pointed this out... (7+ / 0-)
      The candidate who spends the most does not necessarily win, but the person who does not have a large war chest to begin with usually is eliminated quite early.  It is the need for this large amount of start up money -- to develop name recognition, to gain legitimacy, to undertake direct-mail campaigns, to schedule radio and television advertising in advance -- that gives members of the power elite a very direct role in the [candidate selection] process right from the start, permitting them direct access to politicians of both parties.  Even if they do not tie specific strings to their money, as they often do not, the fund-raising process gives members of the power elite a chance to ensure that only people whom they consider sensible and approachable will emerge from party primaries.
      -- G. William Domhoff, The Powers That Be

      "There's something wrong with a system where a handful of people have more than they'd ever need and the mass of the people have less than they always need." -- Rev. Joseph Lowery

      by caul on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:07:31 AM PDT

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