When Is ‘Too Much Money in Politics’ Too Much?

Mike Duncan of American Crossroads, a conservative 527 group (much like its liberal counterpart, Moveon.org), according to The Hill,  had this to say recently about the role of money in politics:

“There’s not too much money in politics,” Duncan said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I firmly believe that there is a role for various organizations.” 

While I do agree there will always be a role for various lobbying groups in a representative government, whether welcomed or not, the question is not so much about whether or not they should exist. It’s more about how they should be allowed to spend on their various causes. Money buys influence, and that fact can’t be escaped. What is my response to the general question, is there too much money in politics?

Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff (from Deseret News)

 

William Jefferson

William Jefferson (from Politico.com)

 
Duke-Stir

Duke Cunningham's boat, the Duke-Stir (from Wonkette.com)

 

Teapot Dome Scandal

Teapot Dome Scandal cartoon (from Britannica.com)

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