|I will summarize, but please read the story here:
How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters.
Also, check out the amazing series that this article is part of here:
Pro Publica's Redistricting Series
So, how did Democrats get a million more votes and not take the House? (Something that has only happened three times in history.)
Millions of dollars of dark money were funneled through improperly-designated educational non-profits and added to corporate donations and spread around many states to achieve Republican-friendly district maps. Two tobacco giants each gave more than $1 million to a redistricting-specific group. The Republican State Leadership Committee even created a new project across the country - the Redistricting Majority Project - or REDMAP.
(Democrats did this before with some secret funding, but nothing even close to this level. Check out the series on their evil deeds.)
How well did it work? According to REDMAP: "Twenty legislative bodies which were previously split or under Democratic control are now under Republican control."
They hired evil Republican district mapping experts from fake nonprofits who used advanced mapping software to pack Republican-unfriendly demographic groups into a small number of districts and then lied to Democrats and told them these districts would favor them and be in line with the Voting Rights Act.
The article, like the series, is amazing and damning. I can't believe that it was this - and not our problems with demographics, technology, and policy - that has the attention of our party leaders. It is sickening!!!
You know, maybe the end might justify the means here. Perhaps the House majority will help save America from eventual bankruptcy, or keep our military strong around the world. Maybe this buys the party a little time to reform and re-create a majority coalition. But I hope that our leaders give up this disgraceful way of winning power and go back to persuading people that our ideas are better. Because they are!
(Oh - but if you want to shut your eyes and forget about this, I hope you keep enjoying conservative fetish pieces calling President Obama a communist one more time. Because that is going to help us adapt and win.)