An additional element of dysfunctional political fundraising:
Politicians are often extorting special interests not just being manipulated by them.
In a year which clearly showed that public opinion has no effect on our governing bodies and that no amount of tragedy, crisis, or farce will actually get our government to do a better job, its unreasonable to expect that the government shutdown would bring about change. So put political finance reform on next year’s wish list. Meanwhile lobbyists and politicians will continue to give each other the business.