The role of money in politics is neither as crude as Bernie Sanders suggests, nor as benign -- at least when it comes to herself -- as Hillary Clinton would have you think.
Sanders presents a mechanistic view of the impact of campaign donors: contributions in, results out. Thus, in Sanders' view, Hillary Clinton, and the money she scoops up, offers a disturbing illustration of a larger problem.
"What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter having a superPAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests," Sanders said in Thursday's debate.
"To my mind, if we do not get a handle on money in politics and the degree to which big money controls the political process in this country, nobody is going to bring about the changes that [are] needed in this country for the middle class and working families."