Downloaded, donated (some more) — definitely do not want to wake up Nov. 7th with President Romney. Do you?
“Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election. They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, ‘Hey, we just bought America. Wasn’t so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.’”— Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Andrew Sullivan discusses how grass roots donors, like us, can counter the Sheldon Adelson fat cats: :
The Dish hasspotlightedthe extraordinary sway that a small number of individuals hold over campaign finance post-Citizens United. Shane Ferrocrunches the numbers to see how to match them:
Well, let’s say roughly 200 Americans shelled out $10 million each (as casino tycoon Sheldon Adelsondid last month to a pro-Romney super PAC)—that’s $2 billion pumped into the campaign system. And let’s say the average person making the median income (around $40,000 per year) can comfortably afford about a $100 contribution (that’s maybe a weekend’s worth of bar tabs?). How many $100 contributions would you need to equal the $2 billion of the .000063 percent? Twenty million. Okay, that sounds like a lot, but in reality is less than ten percent of the population. If even one in ten people donated a healthy but affordable sum, they would match the multi-million-dollar contributions of the wealthiest donors.