In the news today I saw a clip of Harry Reid saying,
The negative is Citizens United—that has made it so the fights are unfair. We have now 15 people in the country who basically control most of what goes on in politics. They give huge amounts of money—the Koch brothers and others. Not everyone can go out as I did and compete with them. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102588166
Like probably everyone else, I've read much about how Citizens United has tipped the political playing field in favor of the rich, so this statement is hardly a shocker. A recent Princeton University study suggests the US is an oligarchy, to pick one example. However, it's the first time I've heard such a specific (and small) number stated.
Likely Reid is just trying to be provocative in picking this particular number, however it does beg the question: If Citizens United has brought us a world where it is a few rich men - and not us voters - that decide our government, then who are the top 15 most (monetarily) influential people? What are these individuals' political goals? Do they directly collaborate together or are they just random ultra-rich people? Are these people self-made billionaires from humble roots, or the scions of wealthy families?
Edit: This isn't a red-vs-blue issue. We're given two choices the same way your mother let you choose between broccoli or carrots. Half of us peons are conditioned to identify with one group, half to the other (and we end up cancelling each other's votes out... conveniently enough). The bigger question is, who is deciding for us what our two choices will be, and what do they want out of all of this?