Liberals have consistently complained about the kind of influence big money donors have on our policymakers. To them, the Citizens United v. FEC ruling that allowed unlimited donations to Political Action Committees was akin to an attack on democracy and the people.
In practice, Democrats rely on big special interests such as Wall Street banks and labor unions to fill their campaign coffers. Probably nobody was more guilty of benefiting from this cocktail of special interests and government policy than Hillary Clinton. While Clinton was acting as if Donald Trump and his business ventures created a conflict of interest, Wikileaks revealed her
charitable organization money laundering scheme was selling influence to anyone willing to donate, including foreign governments!
On the flip side, Donald Trump spent much of the primary self-funding his campaign. Even during the general election, Trump used $10 million of his own money to help pay for advertising in the final weeks of the election.
Just how big was the money gap between Clinton and Trump? According to a report released today, HUGE!
And she still lost… that’s gotta sting.From Politico: Hillary Clinton outraised Donald Trump two-to-one. It didn’t matter.
So ends the most lopsided contest in modern campaign finance. And yet the deficit proved just one of the many odds Trump beat, another political convention he busted.
The fact that Trump was able to defeat Clinton despite such a historic fundraising disadvantage is nothing short of a miracle. Of course, nothing about Trump’s campaign was normal. Despite what the pundits and pollsters were telling us, Donald Trump kept defying the odds. Now it’s clear he did so despite an unbelievably large disadvantage in money.
The result of this reality will be a president who is beholden to nobody when he takes office on January 20th. Without special interest money weighing him down, Donald Trump will be able to immediately begin implementing his plan to drain the swamp, ridding Washington D.C. of corrupt special interests.
Donald Trump only owes favors to the American people, which he has begun to pay back even before he takes office. There’s no indication that we won’t be able to expect more of the same when he officially moves into the White House in just over a month.
Democrats who wanted big money to lose got their wish when the voters firmly rejected their big money candidate.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]