One of the few issues that could unite people across the Rural vs. Urban and Coasts vs. Middle America chasm is money-in-politics reform, where we helped achieve a great referendum victory for campaign finance reform and an ethics board in North Dakota the same day the state also handed the GOP their most lopsided Senate flip.
Silver’s accuracy should also cause conservatives to question some of the leaders’ opposition to any rules on money in politics.
Silver’s calculations indicate that if the money were even for the final month the Republicans would have won five more seats to potentially trail only 229-206. If money were even through all of 2018, it likely would have resulted in a much smaller Democratic majority of something like 219-216 instead of around 234-201.
Some Republican leaders egged on by the big money political consultants and lobbyists continue to insist on no rules on huge pay-for-play contributions in a “wild west” system, but that system dramatically hurt the Republicans in this election. This may be the reason many Democratic big money political consultants and lobbyists also seek to maintain the big money on the pay-for-play system.
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