Just suppose I win big on the Michigan lottery tomorrow, money is no object. My lazy brother-in-law watches Andy Griffith, and thinks it would be fun to be sheriff of Schoolcraft County. We spend a bundle on yard signs for every house in the county, we run radio and TV ads, run full page ads in the Advisor, and Tribune. We pay people to go door to door and promote him. Done, there is a new sheriff in town.
We do the same for a friend that aspires to be a county commissioner - done, she is now my mouthpiece as a county commissioner.
Sound familiar? Thanks to Citizens United, the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and others do the same thing through their super pacs. If there were ever a case for public financing for elections it is now. Enough is enough.