Knapp on Campaign Spending
My internet buddy, Tom Knapp (whose blog actually inspired me to start this one), makes a good point while discussing the recent Supreme Court decision freeing individuals from campaign spending limits:
"Question #1: How much did federal elected officials spend on their 2014 campaigns last year?
Answer: At least $3.45 trillion — a little over $6.4 billion for each US Senator and US Representative and for the two elected executive branch officials, the president and vice-president.
Yes, I’m talking about the federal government’s entire budget.
Every dollar the US government spends serves one or both of two functions: Buying future support or rewarding past support for the politicians who spend it."
He's got a point, and it applies to lower offices as well.