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$262 million

$174 million
$287 million

$326 million
Smaller than reality.
Example
$740,000
Can’t let facts get in the way.
But we know enough
“My view is that Washington and the
  regulators are there to serve the
               banks.”
 Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), incoming House Financial Services
                          Chairman
  $2.8
 million
from the
banking
industry
“I sense a lot of dissatisfaction [with Democrats]
   and a lot of buyer’s remorse on Wall Street.”
                    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA),
                incoming House Majority Leader
                    As if...

Estimated $125 million to GOP from Wall Street +
       millions poured into front groups =

           Republicans stay bought?
“I apologize.”
  Apologizing for the “shakedown”
that was happening in Washington.
 "I apologize. I do not want to
   live in a country where any
time a citizen or a corporation
      does something that is
 legitimately wrong, is subject
      to some sort of political
 pressure that is, again, in my
      words — amounts to a
  shakedown, so I apologize."
$1.5 million
shakedown
               Fact 1:

Campaign spending continues to climb
 2010: $4 billion

2006: $2.85 billion
                 Fact 2:

Money come from narrow slice of America.
  New York
Washington, DC
 Los Angeles
   Chicago
Balance between corporate money and labor?
         Fact 3:

Outside spending rising.
Outside Spending, Midterms
Set the national narrative Dems were in trouble

            Jawboned the election

      Tapped incredibly motivated donors

Widened the plying field beyond all expectations

    Bought early and in deeply coordinated

               “Dry-run” for 2012
Rove’s Crossroads and the Chamber
   are already on the air again.
         Fact 4:

Major industries provide a
 huge amount of money.
  “Because that’s
where the money is.”
             Fact 5:

Interested money flows to power.
          Fact 6:

Lobbying spending continues
 to climb despite economy.
        Climbed every year in past decade.

Despite recession, lobbying spending rose by nearly
             25% from 2007 to 2009.

            A recession proof industry.
What to do?
“There are two things that are important in
  politics. The first is money, and I can’t
   remember what the second one is.”
      Not:

       truth
       facts
      reason
“the high ground”
   The
People, or
 rather...
Organized People
Now: Fight back.
Common Narrative

Common Research

Common Targets
Longer term: Change the rules.
If they other side floods politics with money,
     we need to change the rules in ways
      that help flood politics with people.

				
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