The Koch brothers, and by extension citizens United, justPAC, and countless other special interests, have officially beaten the system. They have used their personal wealth to fund public movements, though without making this information well known, and used these movements to not only fund candidates but also trick the public into become a part of a phony grass roots movement. That's right folks, I'm talking about the tea party. Tea party candidates have been taking money from the top 1% of corporate America and voting for the top 1% of corporate America but they are getting all of their votes from primarily lower class, not very well educated, voters because they are tricked into connecting with the candidate. The Koch brothers simply being the most obvious example, these corporate puppets have learned that emotional appeals get them votes but deregulation gets them money and this deregulation and corruption directly harms the people who voted for these candidates. This isn't limited to congress, either. This kind of public manipulation and borderline money laundering is even more prevalent in the election of judges. Because these elections are much lower profile, they don't have to be as covert. And in these lower level elections, money is everything. Because people don't follow them fervently, exposure and simple name recognition could give a candidate the vote. And sometimes, if a candidate is well funded then they will run unopposed because their would be opponent knows that they won't be able to run an issues campaign against money. The moral of the story is that money in politics from special interests and corporations does not lead to the support of the right candidate, it leads to the support of the most malleable and easily manipulated candidate.