Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
So spending lots of money is just as evil as having lots of money? Got it.
Evil is such a subjective word, I heard a story about this mythical guy saying it's impossible for the rich to get into nirvana, so by implication, the rich are evil. The nerve of this guy questioning the divine right of the rich. Good thing the authorities removed this nut from society. Many claim this story is just a fable, so I suggest we not fret about it.
Anyway, getting back to reality, bribery or extortion are against the law, which I guess one could call evil, but I believe the technical term is unlawful.
Let's use common sense, when a very select group of people, that are very wealthy and well aware of the value of money and how to invest money to obtain high ROI, make hidden expenditures to select or deselect individuals to make and enforce laws are not fools. Now some of these select group's servants were caught repeatedly in illegal actions that financially benefited their business interest, just proves the need for further investments to curtail enforcement or modify the law.
Now as this is a business decision, one needs to hire experts, which is just a business expense to insure those seeking elective office are well aware that these select individuals will spend whatever it takes to promote those candidates that support or denigrate those that do not support their business interest.
Marketing and competitive research are effective tools to promote one's business interest and is much more effective if the competition cannot match one's expenditures, so these tools will be used extensively.