Q: What do you get for spending 6 billion $ on an election campaign in the US?
A: You maintain the status quo. The President is re-elected, the House of Representatives remains Republican and Democrats maintain their majority in the Senate.
This demonstrates that campaign donations are less effective than people hope, but also less dangerous than other people fear. I feel vindicated by this because I have always argued with the cynics who claimed that money buys elections, especially in America. Defending democracy against this cynicism, I have always pointed out that the millionaire has one vote, the billionaire has one vote, I have one vote and the homeless guy has one vote. That’s democracy. Money does not buy you any extra vote.