A Quick Glance at Campaign Finance
Bernie Sanders has made the campaign finance system a central point of his presidential candidacy. Anybody who’s listened to the Senator speak has heard him rail against the “corrupt campaign finance system” that allows billionaires to “buy” or otherwise “rig” elections.
But are his accusations true?
A thorough study is very difficult due to few presidential elections in the post Citizens United era — this is just the second. With little data available, a rigorous quantitative study cannot yet be done. As such, I leave you with this chart that pulls super PAC data from OpenSecrets. Flush with cash, these super PACs have often backed losing candidates (which isn’t surprising — all but one candidate ultimately loses). I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
|Candidate||Super PAC Dollars Raised||Is He/She President?|