Recently there was a Freakonomics podcast that argued more money spent during a political campaign does not equate to more success for that campaign. I cannot refute their premise because a) I’m sure the statistical analysis they used is very rigorous and b) it ignores two very important other questions. 1. How successful are State or National elections that do NOT spend millions of dollars (i.e. “Can a poor guy actually win an election?”) 2. Do politicians alter their policies and/or provide consideration to political donors once they’re in office? 3. If question 2 is true, what is net financial gain for those altered policies?