Back to the real story of this election, which is the $4 BILLION spent–as much as (and possibly more than, when it’s all counted) the last presidential election. ¬†Most of the money, thanks to the Supreme Court’s outrageous Citizens United decision and the inability of Congress to pass the Disclose Act, is secret. We simply have no idea who is behind the spate of ugly attack ads that dominated the election, but we can certainly guess. Let’s just say that that money isn’t being spent on good governance. It’s going to defeat candidates who might want to regulate those businesses. Like Wall Street banks, which would just as soon not have new financial regulations depress their ability to make gobs of money, no matter how much damage they do to the economy. Or oil conglomerates which would just as soon not have government tell them not to cut corners when building offshore ¬†platforms. Or the Chamber of Commerce, which would just love to have the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy made permanent. They’ve successfully stoked public anger to the point that people are quite willing, even eager, to vote against their own interests on behalf of these anonymous players in this election. We’ll see where this anti-government uprising leads.Ii, for one, don’t think it’s going to make us happy.

9 thoughts on “Outvoted”

  1. It’s a steep learning curve, for some people. I don’t feel badly about how the vote went. I think Cary Kennedy was the best candidate for Treasurer, but once a man treads down the path, his history becomes well known and he will be seen as what he is. So much for Chineese.
    Hick is in place and Bennet and Perlmutter and Polis with DeGette and Udall, still one heck of a team. Nothing like getting what you vote for, and some people are likely to be deeply shocked.

  2. Ed: Great cartoon “ANOTHER VIEW”,but I think you should have 1 building for “unions” that read “I Voted” !! RC

    1. Unions are open about what they want. When a union supports someone, you know why. The causes unions support are usually for the betterment of the entire electorate, not a benefit intended for a small minority. There are some exceptions, but unions as a whole actually care about the public.

  3. Ed:
    How can you post “outvoted” and not include Unions? This is shameful bias. If you think money is overwhelming the voter, Unions spent more than Wall St and the Chamber of Commerce combined. If the voter is so small and insignificant when it comes to election money, how do you explain Whitman and Fiorina? I think your toon could just as easily shown a giant voter overwhelming campaign money. Another way to think of it is that all that spending made “safe” seats into contested ones. Isn’t that a good idea? Shouldn’t every seat be contested?

  4. @ RC DAVIS & RJB: Technically, you’re correct, but the amount spent by unions was practically insignificant compared to the more monied interests backing the GOP.

  5. I knew some folks would demand that I add unions to this cartoon. In truth, they did contribute in this election–but were badly outspent by other third-party groups. One reader claimed that SEIU outspent all other third party groups. This is completely false. The Chamber of Commerce spent almost $32 million, American Action Network $26 million, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads $21 million to SEIU’s $15 million. In an election that saw more than $4 billion spent, unions accounted for a tiny fraction of that amount, and their contribution was dwarfed by the secret donations from corporate interests. To claim that the playing field is in any way level because both contributed is absurd.

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