As Election Day approaches, some politicians are preparing to personally buy their election, a trend that has become increasingly popular in today’s political climate.
In an effort to remain competitive with Derek Kilmer, Bill Driscoll dumped another $500,000 into his campaign, which, amounts to a total of $1 million in personal spending in this race for the seat of retiring 6th District Congressman Norm Dicks. Driscoll’s campaign consultant, Alex Hays, stated that this action proves the seriousness of Driscoll’s campaign to PACs.
This trend demonstrates how the democratic process has been hijacked by money. The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission marked a shift in politics by showing politicians that limits on campaign contributions by corporations and unions are no longer an issue. This directly upsets the system by which elected officials are held accountable. Voting becomes obsolete if the system allows larger personal and corporate contributions to determine elections.
When it comes to the success of any campaign, money is the main determinant. Money buys votes. In this political climate, it has reached the point where Americans must ask themselves, are these the best politicians – or simply the best politicians that money can buy?