CLIMATE RELIC

Privately-financed elections, c.2025


Composition of relic

Corruption of America's political process reached its peak in the 2010s, as money flooded into local, state, and national elections, enabling climate-denying billionaires to fossil fuel megacorporations to stall responses to climate change.

Factors that led us to abandon this object:

Increasingly brazen attempts by billionaires and corporations to hand-pick candidates and control the political process backfired, prompting an unprecedented grassroots public backlash and the passage of comprehensive campaign finance reform and publicly-financed elections

Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned:

Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United opened the floodgates for money in politics, and mainstream political candidates increasingly came to rely on massive amounts of money to stay in office.

Strategies we used to overcome those obstacles:

Unprecedented grassroots mobilization and organizing helped protect the right to vote and increase turnout, spurring a wave of successful candidates who ran and won on a platform of ending the corrupting influence of money in politics.

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