Anyone who has been a candidate for major public office and says "Campaign contributions don't affect you" is simply not telling the truth. In my last campaign for re-election in 1990, I spent $8.4 million dollars. I have never promised anyone a thing for a campaign contribution. But, when I was still in the Senate, if I arrived at a hotel in Chicago at midnight there might be twenty phone calls waiting for me. Nineteen of them are perhaps from people whose names I did not recognize, and the twentieth is someone who gave me a $1,000 campaign contribution. At midnight I am not going to make twenty phone calls. I might make one. Which one do you think I am going to make? You are right. It means that the financially articulate have inordinate access to policy makers. You are less than human if you do not recognize that.