On this weekend’s 60 Minutes on CBS, money in politics was the topic at hand. With the 2016 Presidential Race in full force, many politicians will tell you that they hate raising money, but it seems as if it has become a major necessity to survive in the political sphere of today.
The program interviewed Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) where he spoke of how his first requirement as an elected official was to raise $18,000 per day.
“It is a cult-like boiler room on Capitol Hill where sitting members of Congress, frankly I believe, are compromising the dignity of the office they hold by sitting in these sweatshop phone booths calling people asking them for money,” Jolly, who is a former lobbyist, said to 60 Minutes. “And their only goal is to get $500 or $1,000 or $2,000 out of the person on the other end of the line. It’s shameful. It’s beneath the dignity of the office that our voters in our communities entrust us to serve.”
In a Bloomberg Politics poll taken last year, 78 percent of respondents said that they believed Citizens United should be overturned. Those calling for a constitutional amendment banning money in politics would require a three-fifths vote of Congress, which would then require a vote where 38 of the 50 states vote to pass the anti-fundraising legislation.