When they’re not yelling at one another, politicians are often talking about the economy. But with just 30 seconds to answer debate questions, it can be hard for them to really delve into things. What’s more, many of them probably don’t want to because, when it comes to our economy, Congress’ hands aren’t exactly clean.
In fact, they’re really dirty.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is often talking about campaign finance reform. There’s a reason why it’s such a priority in his platform and is on the radar of some other candidates. It sets up the relationship that Congress has with Wall Street and they have regulatory power that impacts our economy.
A lot of the recent issues go back to the 2010 Citizens United decision. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can give political campaigns an unlimited amount of money through Super PACs. Meanwhile, individuals can only give a maximum of $5,000.
So, who are you going to listen to when bills come to the Congressional floor? The big oil company that gave you $15 million for your campaign or the working mother who gave you $1,000?
Watch this video from AJ+ for a broader explanation.
Welcome to the rigged economy, where the money flows one way: up. https://t.co/k5AgG6D5Us
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 6, 2016