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Our Deeply Dysfunctional Congress

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Also, making members of Congress ever more the instruments of special interests with money is the ever-skyrocketing cost of campaigns--mainly for political TV commercials.

The Center for Responsive Politics notes that the 2012 election campaign was the "most expensive election in U.S. history"--costing $6 billion. Much of that, more than $2 billion, involved the presidential race. "House and Senate candidates combined will spend about $1.82 billion."   And "congressional races are being affected by the huge increase in outside spending."

"In the new campaign finance landscape post-Citizens United, we're seeing historic spending levels spurred by outside groups dominated by a small number of individuals and organizations making exceptional contributions," said Sheila Krumholz, director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

As Alex Gibney, maker of the documentary "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," has said, we have "a system of legalized bribery in Washington." http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/movies-and-tv/201004/oscar-winning-filmmaker-alex-gibney

This reflects directly on the low, low level of Congress doing anything--and, when it does, mainly serving special interests.

Change--major change--is desperately needed!     

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Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up.
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I agree with you, Karl, that this Congress is deep... by Howard Schneider on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:39:51 PM