FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert Mutch, Buying The Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

By: Saturday October 25, 2014 1:59 pm

Using money to influence—ie. purchase—elections began when Thug gave Ugg a big, sharp rock in return for his vote for cave leader. It’s an ugly scene – and it has never stopped.

But with the advent of formalized democracy, purchasing a vote has gone through a psychological shift. With money, you can buy a voter’s neurons, board the brain like a pirate, and steal the booty—some poor schmuck’s “choice” made in a voting booth.

 
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