How American Democracy Works

Headline: “Tucked into stimulus bill: $110 billion in special-interest tax giveaways”

Message: “Our trade / industrial association / mega company funds your political campaigns and keeps you in office. It would be a shame if anything happened to that revenue stream. Don’t worry. We’ll protect it, but we need you to do us a favor.”

Definition: Protection Money:”money that criminals take from people in exchange for agreeing not to hurt them or damage their business”