Pay to play is corruption, but there is a matter of degree and how much influence is bought.
To speak to my elected representative and attempt to convince him of my views is perfectly legal and correct. To support and vote for the candidate that best represents my interests is perfectly legal and correct. To make a financial donation to the party or candidate that best supports my interests is perfectly legal and correct.
If influence is subject to purchase, it risks being outbid by others with contrary views. The true meaning of democracy is that money talks, bullshiit walks.
The Obama Presidency is the biggest con-job ever foisted on the American people.
Very possibly with the exception of JFK. The real question is how in the helll did the American voting public buy this stinking kettle of rotten fish? WTF is wrong with the minds of our citizens?
I would suggest far too much time and effort has been spent on socialist programs, hand wringing over possible terrorism, the Muslim fundamentalists, and far too little mental effort expended on matters of real urgency. Like: who the hell is Obama, what has he ever done, and how in the hell did he get in there?
Now there is a topic for conspiricy gamers to sink their teeth into. Careful, it might not taste very good.And the prophet Pogo said: "We have met the enemy, and they are us."