POLITICS (National): Think tank report, "big money campaign finance system," political inequality: "Why big spending on political campaigns makes racial inequality worse" ....
* Washington Post (Wonkblog): "Why big spending on political campaigns makes racial inequality worse" - From the WP:
Throughout U.S. history, minorities have had an unequal voice in politics — because they were denied the right to vote, or because when they could vote they had to pay poll taxes, or because, in the absence of poll taxes, even subtler obstacles, such as gerrymandering, emerged.
For the most part, we think that such barriers have been receding with time. But the left-leaning think tank Demos argues that another factor is further restraining the political power of minorities today: our system of big-money spending in elections. Why? Winning candidates today for all kinds of offices are largely backed by big sums from a small number of people. And because minorities are underrepresented in that high-spending group — and among the very high-income in general — their interests tend to be unrepresented as well by candidates overwhelmingly funded by wealthy white donors.
By this thinking, as the power of money in politics rises, unleashed by a series of court decisions, the power of groups that can't afford to influence elections with their pocket books will wane. As a result, writes Demos policy advocate Adam Lioz in a new report, "our big money campaign finance system entrenches political inequality for people of color." Put another way, it enhances the influence of people with money, who are disproportionately white:
In effect, two things happen when the political system limits the power of people without much money..........................