I think we might have been putting too much emphasis on the damage of private money into politics here.. as a source of corruption.. as there are other major trends driving the dysfunction too..
Taegan Goddard breaks it down..
Four trends over the last generation have combined to make effective governing nearly impossible.
1. Few congressional districts are competitive. Technology was once seen as the savior of our democracy because it would allow for better communication between citizens and their representatives in Congress. In theory, lawmakers could instantly gauge the views of voters and accurately represent them in the legislative process. Instead, technology has allowed for very sophisticated gerrymandering of congressional districts to the point where there are just a handful of districts that can truly be considered competitive anymore. Many lawmakers have no incentive to compromise with the other party. In fact, being seen as bipartisan often opens these politicians up to fierce primary challenges.
2. Political parties are much weaker. Campaign finance reform once promised the end of big money influence in politics.[..]