« A Presidential Election in the Year of the Monkey | Unasked questions about the New Hampshire primary »
February 11, 2016
Who said big money buys elections?
A standard liberal canard is “Get big money out of politics.” This is one of Bernie Sander’s big campaign issues. He bemoans the fact that, “a handful of very wealthy people and special interests will determine who gets elected or who does not get elected.” Not to be outdone, and without a touch of irony, Hillary Clinton jumps on the same bandwagon; “We have to end the flood of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political system and drowning out the voices of too many everyday Americans.” Let’s see how this premise worked out this week in New Hampshire. Did big money buy the election for the winning candidates? Hardly. Jeb Bush spent $34 million from his campaign and super PAC on New Hampshire ads finishing in fourth place with 11 percent of the vote. This translates to $1086 per vote. Chris Christie, the second biggest spender at $15 million, or $691 per vote, wound up in 6th place....(Read Full Post)