Only those with wealth or access to it can run for office | New York Times

Jeb Bush, brother and son of presidents, could have spent half (or twice) as much as the $130 million he and his super PAC reportedly spent, and he still would have been an establishment candidate in an anti-establishment year. He never stood a chance against an outrageous billionaire reality-show star in an environment notable for deep public anger at politics and typical politicians. But to say that Bush’s failure means the role of money is exaggerated misses the serious ways in which campaign cash has an impact on our politics at all levels.


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