Reprinted from The Nation
We are stuck in the political equivalent of the movie Groundhog Day. In the absence of constitutional reform that renews the authority of citizens and their elected leaders to enact meaningful campaign finance laws, America is destined to repeat from election cycle to election cycle the sordid process by which our politics and our governance are bartered off to the highest bidders in ever-more expensive auctions for the souls of elected leaders and both major parties.
The final spending totals for 2014 will not be known for months, and in this era of increasingly dark, dark-money campaigning, some of the details will never be adequately revealed or understood. But even the bare minimum figure established just prior to the election by the Center for Responsive Politics is acknowledged as a record.
"Every election since 1998 has been more expensive than the one before it, and predictably the 2014 election will follow that path, CRP has projected -- though the total projected cost of $3.67 billion is only a slight uptick over the price tag of the 2010 midterm," the center noted. "Counting all forms of spending -- by candidates, parties and outside groups -- Team Red is projected to have spent $1.75 billion, while Team Blue's spending is projected to ring in at $1.64 billion."