Earlier this year, a member of Congress introduced legislation called the “Close the Floodgates Act” to address a recent increase in contribution limits for party committees. Drowning, rising tides, floodgates. Why do we talk about out-of-control political spending like it’s a natural disaster? It’s a problem entirely created by humans. Out-of-touch judges, lawmakers unwilling to change the way they were elected in the first place, and regulators stymied by partisanship and gridlock have put our democracy up for sale. It’s people who have created a system that forces candidates to travel around the country like it’s a giant Monopoly game, scooping up checks as they circle the board.