sociology discussion w13 q1

Week 13, Post 1: Politics

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There was a site called the Color of Money Site, and the basic argument of this site was as follows:

Campaign money — not votes — is now the currency of our democracy, determining who runs for office, who wins, and who has the ear of elected officials. The candidate who raises the most campaign cash, more often than not, goes on to win the election.

Where does that money come from? The great amounts of cash come from neighborhoods where wealthy, non-Hispanic white populations dominate. Neighborhoods where African Americans and Latinos live are particularly underrepresented in terms of campaign dollars.

With this in mind, how does our place in the economy affect our power in the political realm? Do you agree with the Color of Money view? Why or why not? What theories would support such a view? Read this short article (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. about political giving to give you some background.

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