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George Clooney’s Reality Bomb: Most Of Money Raised Going To Democrats Not Clinton
By Jason Easley on Sun, Apr 17th, 2016
George Clooney pointed out on Meet The Press that the overwhelming majority of the money that his fundraisers with Hillary Clinton are bringing in is going to Democrats down ballot, not Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
George Clooney seems to have a better grasp on the realities of our current campaign finance system than many of the protesters. Clooney is trying to raise money to help Democrats win seats in the House and take back the Senate. The actor gets it. Electing a president is not enough. America will need a Democratic Congress to go with a Democratic president.
Since Citizens United, there have been two competing schools of thought within the left. Some Democrats have argued that, as Clooney said, in order to beat the corrupt dark money in politics system it must be destroyed from within. The rationale is that without controlling the levers of power, Democrats won’t be able to change the system. There is some merit to this argument. The Republican-controlled Congress has demonstrated how willing Republicans are to ignore the will of the people.
If Democrats don’t win the presidential election, they won’t get to see the next Supreme Court justice that could be the vote to overturn Citizen United seated. If Democrats don’t take back the House and get 60 votes in the Senate, there will never be a new piece of legislation that strengthens the campaign finance laws passed in Congress.