Are you satisfied with a system that allows each of Ted Cruz's donors to have literally 100,000 times as much "speech" as each of Lessig's donors?
I don't really give a fuck as I am not USA-ian.
Also, what the flying fuck does it matter what am * I * satisfied with or not?
Unless at least half of those ~130 million who turn up to vote in USA is interested in that same thing, I might as well start shitting in my other hand - at least it'll be warm and it will feel kinda substantial.
And if those people are (dis)satisfied - they should contact their congress-critters.
Not try to reenact Brewster's Millions.
There's no chance they'll outdo Richard Pryor AND a million dollars was a losers choices even back then.
What's your point? There's no connection between donors and voters. Only 90,000 voters make sizable ($2600) contributions to any campaign
The point is that those numbers you're showing actually make his numbers even worse.
First of all, his donations are pitiful.
Nowhere near "sizable" at an average of $120. In the game of "pay for election" he already lost.
Those Ted Cruz and Rand Paul numbers you mention. He will NEVER get those numbers. NEVER!
Then, there's the fact that since he "announced" his candidacy and got his name out there, number of his donors "skyrocketed" to 8794.
All that publicity boost got 466 people to reach for their wallets, and donate less than the previously established average.
466 out of 130 million. Not out of 90000 cause these donations too were not "sizable".
Taking donations as a measure of faith, his "supporters" show a complete lack of faith in him.
Which is not surprising, cause you don't have to be a genius to realize that his plan is not a paradox - but a delusion.
1 - He wants to fight the influence of big money on elections.
2 - Ergo, he supposedly understands that money wins elections. Or at least it influences elections by a huge enough amount that he wants to run for president (and then resign) in order to stop that.
3 - BUT - in order to achieve that, he plans to go against people who both have the money AND who like the fact that money influences elections.
4 - So, he must understand that he won't get any money, thus he will not win elections. GOTO 1.
Only way that kind of plan can make sense is if the planner is delusional.
He wants to challenge people with guns to a gunfight, where they will use real, loaded, guns and he will use a warm fart.
And BESIDES THAT...
His big plan is to threaten politicians with an excuse to just sit on their asses and do nothing while giving daily interviews about how it is all president's fault?
And that's why we can't have any more of this giving birth to grown college professors thing.
People should be born as babies and they should be allowed to grow up slowly, so they can read books for small children.
Maybe then they'll remember that you can't punish Br'er Rabbit by throwing him in the Briar Patch.