Concerning the politician and her financial backers
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In the absence of some form of public funding of election campaigns, every politician—whether aspiring or incumbent—needs financial backing. Backers run the gamut, from those who simply want to support the democratic process and see decent people elected, to those who have great expectations of a return on what they consider an investment. This is where backers become problematic, especially if the elected politician has her own expectations regarding any extracurricular care and feeding while in office.