There may be no more sinister threat to the democracy of our nation than the influx of corporate cash in our elections.
At one point in our history, taking a public, political office bestowed upon Americans the title of “public servant”. The idea was that you would be elected on your merits, and use those very same skills for the betterment of our great nation. Term limits would ensure that a diversity of thought would be well-represented at our highest levels of government, allowing for the American ideals of equality to shine.
Today, however, corporate and private wealth have been allowed to infiltrate our political systems to a staggering and stagnating degree. No longer do we find ourselves with “public servants” at the top of the political pyramid, rather, we have an increasingly vile and selfish “ruling class” occupying The Capitol, rigging the system for future gains by them and them alone.
In the offing, there are often wealthy influencers and corporate figureheads swinging and swaying elections to their liking.
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Liberal billionaire George Soros is just such a man, and his latest stunt has folks in The Commonwealth of Virginia seeing red.
He backed Parisa Dehghani-Tafti to beat Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, and supported former Justice Department employee Steve Descano in his race against Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh. Campaign finance reports show Dehghani-Tafti received $583,000 and Descano received $392,000 just from that PAC. Meanwhile, Stamos and Morrogh raised $162,000 and $242,000, respectively, for their entire campaigns.
The money gave Tafti and Descano a significant financial advantage over the incumbents, despite their lack of experience. The Washington Post reported that while the two challengers have never prosecuted a case in a state court, they beat candidates with more than 60 years of experience between them.
Republicans had a swift and stern response.
“We were outspent 3 to 1. Our candidate was in the hospital for nearly a week,” Ben Tribbett, a campaign consultant for Morrogh, told the Post. “This is an election that was bought, not won. We are proud of what we did.”
“I think it is foreboding for local elections because we’re going to have people clamoring to get money from George Soros — that’s what I fear greatly,” Karen Darner, a former state delegate who backed Stamos, told the Post.
Soros’ money isn’t the only bad apple in the world of political fiscal irresponsibility, but it is certainly one of the most blatant and infuriating.
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