IN THE PHILIPPINES, the few give a lot, and the many give little.
Unfortunately, we are not talking about charity here. We are talking about campaign contributions.
In the third installment of the the PCIJ’s “Money Politics and the May 2013 Elections” series, we look at the huge disparity between the donors and the amounts they give to fund the campaigns of Senate hopefuls.
To better illustrate this, the PCIJ categorized the donors according to the amounts they gave: The Taumbayan, or those who could not afford to donate a million pesos for a campaign; the Millionaires’ Club, or those who donated P1 million to P4.9 million; and the High Rollers, or those who donated P5 million and above just to send someone to the Senate.
The results of our research may surprise you; then again, maybe not. Politics, it is said, has become the exclusive realm of the rich.
Read Part 3 of the story: