Essay on A Type Of Political Equality Concern

818 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
a type of political equality concern. That is, under Austin “corruption,” the way corporations “distort” the political process is not through quid pro quo corruption—“dollars for political favors”—or even “undue influence,” but rather through corporate spending that is disproportionate to the public’s support for the corporation’s political ideas.
The notion that this case creates, reveals, and amplifies is the notion that the American government possesses both the right and duty to curtail corporate influence in the election process through statutes and regulations. In the Austin case, the court’s definition of corporate “influence” was not of informal and deceptive backroom deals, bribes, or extortion; rather, it represented a formal spending system that created a disequilibrium that shifted political power away from the American people and to the business entities. Nevertheless, as a result of the Austin ruling and the “antidistortion interest”, the government established the authority and associated desire to equalize the imbalance of political influence between the people and the corporations.
According to the doctrine of stare decisis, it appeared as if the Citizens United decision would have ruled in favor of the various campaign finance regulations that existed, including the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. However, the opposite occurred and the precedence created in the 1990 Supreme Court case and a provision in the aforementioned act were completely invalidated.…

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