In my opinion, "secret money" as well as big, but not-so-secret money is the main reason the Republicans in Congress are refusing to consider increasing revenue through closing tax loopholes that are essentially welfare for the wealthy and corporations. As a result, average citizens have to bear cuts like these: 32 of the most damaging Sequester cuts.
Many of the biggest donors to Republicans, for example, the Koch brothers oil & gas barons, do not like government and have an "I've got mine, to heck with the rest of you" attitude. Their political agenda includes issues like these:
Repealing health care reform
Dismantling collective bargaining rights*
Fighting Wall Street reform
Keeping corporate money in elections
As Involved Voters, we need to get the message out about what happens when we let our government go up for sale to the highest bidder. One dollar, one vote is the opposite of democracy and is counter to our Constitution.