Including the candidate
This is an important inclusion. Substantial personal wealth provides an undue advantage above poor, working-class and middle-class Americans who are effectively barred from candidacy.
It is almost impossible for ordinary people to even run for Congress—much less win—because there is significant money needed just to begin the process in many cases. Rich people nearly always run in generally rich circles, so they are able to leverage their socio-economic position early on.
Fun fact: Currently, 249 Members of Congress are millionaires. That’s about 47 percent of the body. The so-called House of Representatives is composed almost entirely of people whose lives are not representative of the rest of us.
Here’s likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (worth approximately $202 million) gloating with his 1% buddies at Bain Capital, a private equity firm.
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