“Politicians are only in it for the money and power”. This is a common accusation from the public. It is also a popular stance among members of civil organisations. Those who spend years—even decades— fighting selflessly for a cause they believe in find it difficult to accept that politicians often do the same, and often with more power.
Friction between NGOs and political parties
On paper, both civil organisations and politicians fight for the same thing: the betterment of society. But often, tensions between them can spiral out of control, hurting both the organisations and the politicians, not to mention the causes they are fighting for. In Hungarian politics, for example, there are countless examples of civil organisations self-sabotaging by refusing to cooperate with parties that are fighting for the same thing.