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Most Expensive Midterm Ever as Special Interests Paid Billions in 2018 for a Shot at Ruling Over You – Free Thought Project
PACs, committees, candidates, and other assorted special interest groups spent a record breaking $5.7 BILLION just for a shot a ruling over you in government.
When I first started out as an independent journalist in 2007, I remember interviewing a congressional candidate who put his law career on hold to seek public office. Through my naive and hopeful eyes, before the interview, I looked from afar and wondered what may have inspired him to serve the public. Was it to reform corruption, stop the wholesale fleecing of the citizens of Louisiana by their criminal government, or was he standing up for a noble cause?
Turns out, I was wrong on all fronts. When I asked him why he chose to run for congress, his answer back to me—knowing that this was going to go on record—was “I thought I could win.”
There was no desire to right any wrongs—no desire to seek positive change and create a better life. The entire impetus behind his campaign was due to the the notion that he thought he could win. I thought to myself at the time that surely this man was an anomaly and most other politicians must be motivated by some selfless concern for the well-being of others, otherwise known as altruism. But I was dead wrong.