‘Despite Several Attempts to Regulate Campaign Finance, Money Increasingly Dominates the U.S. Electoral Process and Is the Main Factor Contributing to a Candidates Success’ Discuss
Despite its popularity, there is no serious evidence that campaign finance regulation has actually accomplished any of the goals set out for it by its supporters. Efforts to regulate campaign finance have been little short of disastrous. They have distorted the political process, hindered grassroots political involvement, infringed on First Amendment rights, and helped to entrench incumbents in office while doing nothing to address the allegedly corrupting influence of money in politics.
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One argument that supports the idea that money increasingly dominates the US electoral process and is the main factor in contributing to a candidate’s success is the permanent campaign. Candidates are announcing their candidacy earlier than ever (Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run in 2016 in March 2015) and as a result, candidates need large war chests to finance their campaigning. Furthermore, Representatives need large sums of money to campaign because of the frequency of their elections. The requirement of non-stop campaigning means candidates need large sums of money to get their message heard over other candidates.