Originally Posted by Direckshun
What's the difference between huge donors "controlling" a party and merely "influencing" it?
Perhaps you can deliver a distinction where mlyonsd has voted present.
I thought mlyonsd did a pretty good job of giving an example of what he means by control.
For me, control would mean the billionaire could force the party to do whatever he wants. Influence would mean the he could increase the odds that the party would do what he wants. It might be strong influence (which approaches control) or weak influence (far from control) or anything in between.