Lawrence Lessig has made clear what he means by “corruption” in the political process. That is, corruption not as outright bribery but corruption marked by the “amplification” of money within the political process. The recent rebuke of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act certainly was an extraordinary display of citizen action (not, as some Republicans might have you believe, a partisan blunder by Pelosi) but what’s almost as interesting to note are the underlying statistics of this historic vote:
Interests who wanted this bill to become law gave an average of:
$231,877 to each legislator voting Yes
$150,982 to each legislator voting No
Coincidence or corruption?
Thanks to Jim for the email.