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For the First Time Ever, More than Half of Congress Are Millionaires

For the first time in history, more than half of Congress—you know, that collection of elected officials whose job it is to represent the interests of everyday Americans—is made up of millionaires. According to new findings from the Center for Responsive Politics, 268 of 534 of those currently serving in Congress are millionaires at a time when the median household income in the country they create legislation for is about $53,000 a year. And, when they aren’t shutdown because of internal squabbles, these millionaire public “servants” work an average of only three days a week. As the executive director of the Center noted, the stats reflect a reality of our modern democratic system. “It’s undeniable that in our electoral system, candidates need access to wealth to run financially viable campaigns, and the most successful fundraisers are politicians who swim in those circles to begin with” …

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