They Are Not Alone

Bret Matthew in his opinion column for the Brandeis Hoot, "The Book of Matthew" (ha) paints a bleak portrait of the modern campaign for public office, and touts Clean Elections as the answer to an electoral process plagued by the buying and selling of influence.

He imagines the evolution of a young candidate who, in order to play the game and win office must become indebted to corporate interests and other sources of big campaign checks:


When it comes time to do his job, he isn’t doing it alone. His corporate donors see him as an investment, and they want a decent payout. As his term progresses, he finds that he must follow the will of these corporations before the will of the people, or they will not support his reelection.

Interesting point about an elected official not being "alone" in their work -- you know those Verizon commercials with "the network" that shows up everywhere the caller goes? Imagine if a similar "network" of big campaign donors had to shadow a member of Congress in every decision they made. The Capitol building would burst at its polished, marble seams.