Money Can’t Buy You Love

I learned the hard way that money can buy many things like convenience and lavish gifts but money can’t buy you love.



It buys attack robo-calls, expensive polls and television ads. But money can’t buy you love.

It may take awhile and you may not win when you want but truth wins out in the long run.

In the end, the truth will prevail.

The crass display of too much money just may dismay everyday folks and those who care more about the issues instead of polls. Having money shouldn’t replace reason and common sense with foolishness and irresponsibility.

Last night, by chance, I sat in at a friend’s house while he was polled about the upcoming Atlanta elections. It could have been a poll about the issues – reducing violence, jobs, business development, improving education, tackling climate change, how to make the city safer, how to promote and teach non violence and self respect or how to address the escalating living expenses for a growing aging community. But instead, it focused on the popularity of the current and past mayors and if their popularity would influence his vote.

As someone who has campaigned for candidates from the president to local school board members – I know how much a live 30-minute poll cost. It’s expensive. It is very expensive and it is designed to find that one message that can hurt your opponent and help you win an election whether your are honest, smart or committed to proudly serving your constituents.

These kind of political tactics are used in a desperate attempt to sway voters who care more about the character, the record, the vision or the plans of a candidate rather than their popularity. It’s this campaign season’s attempt to buy love in the form of votes. New methods same old story – from Jim Crow laws and women’s disenfranchisement to voter suppression. If you can’t restrict voters’ right to vote then I guess the next best thing is to try fooling them by using wealth and money to grab those votes.

Money can’t buy you love and shouldn’t be able to buy your vote.



  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    How do your view reconcile this with the fact that “walking around money”, aka street money, has been an integral part of every City of Atlanta election for decades?

  2. Maynard Eaton says:

    Powerful, provocative and principled political prose!!

  3. I’m always fascinated by this “walking around money” myth. Tell us more, BB. Does this differ from the Koch brothers funding most of the tea party groups in this country? We all agree that campaign finance is a major issue, but why is one worse than the other?

    • Burroughston Broch says:

      Cabral,given your longtime exposure to City of Atlanta politics, you are well acquainted with how walking around money works, along with the preachers and the jitneys. so let’s not be coy and talk about myths.

      As far as the Koch Brothers, I’ve read that allegation as I’ve read similar allegations about George Soros on the other end of the spectrum. So what? Do you think Soros’ influence is OK while the Koch’s is not? If yes, I’d be fascinated to learn your rationale.

      I think selling one’s vote for money is far worse than giving one’s money to support an advocacy group. But, I’m not politically experienced as you are – I watch and vote, but don’t work in campaigns and don’t financially contribute to them.

    • Burroughston Broch says:

      Cabral, still waiting for your reply.

  4. Came across this blog which claims that Republican Senate candidate Derrick Grayson supported T-SPLOST.

    This might not seem like much at first glance, however the Ron Paul voters are deciding to support either Grayson, who is part of that movement, or Paul Broun, who has been endorsed by Ron Paul and is also a favorite of the movement.

  5. Money has always been part and parcel to poltical campaigns. Campaigns live and die by cash flow at critical times. However, the Roy Barnes reelection debacle to Sonny Perude is proof positive that the best funded candidate doesn’t always win. When you have no credible opponent and several million dollars in the bank, then a candidate is in a position to “share the wealth” with those of like mind who support your political agenda. You can either “endosre” incumbents who should in jail for stealing from their clients, or you can fun robo calls that clearly violate FCC rules that are about “popularity” rather than issue. I find the robo call disturbing as a matter of principle because it is trying to influence my vote by trying to influence my opinion of current and past elected officials. When someone is polling about popularity vs. issues, I find that much more troublesome than walking around money, Koch brother’s funding the Tea Party or Soros giving to progressive causes. The poll implies a mindset of “win at any cost” and that is much more disturbing.