This Washington Post piece makes an unusual point about the effects of political money.
It argues that contributions rarely change a politician’s position on issues, but may affect considerably which issues become priorities.
In short, conservatives are going to be more sympathetic to business interests, gun rights and pro-life issues, and liberals more attuned to labor, environmental, and pro-choice concerns, no matter who gives who money.
But which of his or her natural constituencies a politician works first and hardest for — that may be powerfully influenced by contributions.
The upshot: If you’re wondering why your issue isn’t making more progress, ask not what hated interest group is giving money to the opposition.
Ask what congenial interest groups are giving more than you are to your friends.