Government for the Super Rich: Top 0.01% Control Political Process #GetMoneyOut

By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus.com and OWSNews.org [See this for DeGraw’s role in organizing the Wall Street protests.]

For the top one percent of the one percent (that’s the top .01 percent), donations buy an incredible amount of influence with elected officials. Just how much influence do they have? Check out our handy infographic below:

1of1 infograph v9 FINAL w800 Government for the Super Rich: Top 0.01% Control Political Process #GetMoneyOutSource: United Re:public

Category: Think Tank

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9 Responses to “Government for the Super Rich: Top 0.01% Control Political Process”

  1. MayorQuimby says:

    Not surprising but let’s not forget that no one gets screwed more in our society than working proles.

  2. Frilton Miedman says:

    I cannot emphasize my frustration with the lack of focus put on the Constitution’s itemizing bribery as a “high crime”.

    Meanwhile, brain dead politicians, self described “experts” on “liberty”, “freedom” and the Constitution extol the importance of knowing the Constitution and remembering history, like how the Redcoats warned Paul Revere that Genghis Khan was coming to force Obamacare on us all, or how the founding fathers all agreed that Madison’s argument against Tyranny of the majority meant we made a big mistake infringing on King George III’s “personal liberty” and we need to revise all that silly “Democracy” & “all men are created equal” stuff.

  3. yon’ QOTD..

    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

    -John Kenneth Galbraith

  4. s0nathan says:

    Regulation will not stop the money flowing in. There is always a way around for the rich. The only way is to shrink the size and power of the federal government. If you horde these in Washington, that’s where the lobbyists will go.

  5. Jojo says:

    s0nathan said “Regulation will not stop the money flowing in. There is always a way around for the rich. The only way is to shrink the size and power of the federal government. If you horde these in Washington, that’s where the lobbyists will go.”
    ———-
    Not true. An equally valid approach would be to remove the riches money. Make everyone equally poor. Are you familiar with the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut?

  6. honeybadger says:

    My hope (note– hope is not a synonym for “rational expectation”) is that social media can change the power equation.

    The infographic shows the rich donation buying a 30 second tv spot and the ‘poor’ buying a cup of coffee. But if more people get their “news”/opinions from checking their twitter feed over a cup of coffee… who watches TV adds any more, anyway?

  7. Sooner of later the import and essential need for the speech related micro-transaction will be realized.

    When you can click a button in an email and add your lobbying voice with (e.g.) just 25 cents… we’ll have a better system.

    25 cents a couple of times a week times 150 million voters equals over $7 Billion per 2-year election cycle.

    This essential transaction utility has additional needed functionality.

    The Chagora Model: Scaling Speech
    http://culturalengineer.blogspot.com/2012/01/chagora-model-scaling-speech-and.html

  8. Frilton Miedman says:

    s0nathan Says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 3:31 am
    “Regulation will not stop the money flowing in. There is always a way around for the rich. The only way is to shrink the size and power of the federal government. If you horde these in Washington, that’s where the lobbyists will go.”

    ~~~~~

    That’s what FOX tells it’s viewers, get “big government” out of the way of the ongoing wealthy & corporate insurrection/takeover of Democracy.

    We have a few bad cops in the town police department, eliminating the police altogether isn’t the solution.

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