More evidence money doesn’t buy elections
Alexandria, VA – Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) President David Keating today criticized comments made by losing congressional candidate Jon Ossoff complaining about the role of money in politics in his race. Ossoff told NPR that “The role of money in politics is a major problem …. There have been super PACs in Washington who have been putting up tens of millions of dollars of attack ads in here for months now.” Ossoff received substantially more direct contributions than his opponent, and had an overall spending advantage – even when including spending by Super PACs.
“Jon Ossoff raised a ton of money because people wanted to send a message to Washington DC. Voters got to hear his message, and they rejected it. Someone who wanted to serve in Congress should know that’s how democracy works,” said CCP President David Keating. “Would Jon Ossoff have preferred that a Federal Election Commission controlled by President Trump put a severe limit on his campaign spending? Does he think the answer is less speech? Or does he simply want to silence those with differing views?”
“We should be grateful that 41 years ago the Supreme Court struck down severe congressional campaign spending limits that would have limited campaign speech.”
“The argument that money buys elections was proven wrong again Tuesday. Karen Handel was massively outspent, and won. Money is simply a tool for voters to hear information about candidates. Why would we want voters to know less, and not more?” added Keating.