Is democracy for sale?
Apparently it is in Washington State.
Three times the voters turned down a charter amendment.
In this election, a small number of extremely rich people decided they really wanted charters.
So they raised $10 million to beat back the parents and educators of the state, who could not match their spending.
Read the list of donors in the link above.
It is shocking to see how much money is being poured into state and local races by a small number of incredibly rich people.
This is a good argument for raising taxes on the super-rich.
Then they have less money to buy elections.