To watch American politics today is to watch money speaking. The 2016 US elections will almost certainly be the most expensive in recent history, with total campaign expenditure exceeding the estimated $7bn (£4.6bn) splurged on the 2012 presidential and congressional contests. Donald Trump is at once the personification of this and the exception that proves the rule because – as he keeps trumpeting – at least it’s his own money. Everyone else depends on other people’s, most of it now channelled through outside groups such as “Super PACs” – political action committees – which are allowed to raise unlimited amounts from individuals and corporations.
There may well be a lot of money floating about. But it’s not as if the voters aren’t getting a good look at a whole bunch of people, is it? OK, so the Dems is Hillary v Bernies with O’Malley nowhere. But the Reps are killing off the weaker candidates one by one, what the system is supposed to achieve. It doesn’t look like the money is denying democracy, does it?