There are those on the political right and left who make George Soros or the Koch brothers out to be bogeymen. I don't do that, but I do tend to sometimes arrogantly question the "premise of democracy", as explicated by Antonin Scalia. He told Brian Lamb in response to a question concerning fear of money in politics and consequent undue influence:
"If you believe that we ought to go back to monarchy. That the people are such sheep, that they just swallow whatever they see on television or read in the newspapers. No, the premise of democracy is that people are intelligent and can discern the true from the false, at least when, as the campaign laws require, you know who is speaking."