In the end, PACs still controlled the election

Call it irony if you want. In an election where Barack Obama rode to the Presidency on a promise of change, the long-standing tradition of influence-peddling political action committees set new records in pumping millions of dollars into the process.

The number of PACs hit an all-time high and so did the amount of money the special interests spent on influencing the outcome of not only the election of a President but also those selected for House and Senate seats.

In other words, the more things changed, the more they stayed the same.

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Number of PACs hits recordThe number of groups contributing money to presidential and congressional candidates has soared to an all-time high with their strongest growth in a generation, reflecting the fervor over last year’s presidential race and a desire for access and clout when lawmakers tackle upcoming issues….


  1. griff

    Obama raised 750 million. All of it in ten dollar donations from average joe’s, of course, and nothing compared to what he’s cost us in return.

  2. AustinRanter

    Obama will dangle the carrot of reforming lobbyists and special interest influence over Congress, when the issue gets hot, but he just hasn’t taken the types of actions that we all know is necessary for change.

    I am the first to admit that with the financial shambles, government disarray, and transistioning from the Bush era, Obama has more on his plate than any incoming president in our nations history. How the hell can he satisfy all of the priorities at once? I truly believe that today, our time now, is way more complex and problematic than FDR’s days.

    I think the grander question is, “how would any new president manage all of the problems that we have all at one time”? We are suffering from a decade of government, market, and lending institution abuse. So where does a new president start?

    Just for a second, close your eyes…then imagine McCain sitting in the White House at this moment…with all of the critical issues that we face today. IMHO, that is not a good image. In fact, I see McCain dribbling on a bib, starring aimlessly around a room in an assisted living facility after collaping from stress of the presidency.