Here's an example of what the Supreme Court has wrought in American campaigns between its Citizens United and McKutcheon rulings: Andrew Sabin, owner of a "New York-based precious-metals refining business."
[H]e has been doling out contributions to congressional candidates across the country—in Colorado, Texas, Iowa and “even Alaska,” he said.Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you Ted Cruz and Rick Scott. You, too, can own a senator or governor, or a whole mess of them, if you can afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars to dump into their campaigns. This is how the Supreme Court conservatives think democracy is supposed to work.
Top Republicans have taken notice: Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have paid him personal visits this year, he noted proudly.
“You have to realize, when you start contributing to all these guys, they give you access to meet them and talk about your issues,” said Sabin, who has given away more than $177,000. “They know that I’m a big supporter.” […]
Together, 310 donors gave a combined $11.6 million more by this summer than would have been allowed before the [McKutcheon] ruling. Their contributions favored Republican candidates and committees over Democratic ones by 2 to 1. [emphasis added]