Do You Feel Insignificant During Elections? Essay

1458 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Do you feel insignificant during elections? Do you worry that there is too much money in politics? Do you believe that politicians are corrupt? All these can be attributed to the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling, which will have significant effects on all future elections if it is not changed. The Citizens United ruling "opened the door" for unrestricted campaign spending by corporations, but most importantly the case led to the formation of groups called super PACs; corporations or labor unions that have the ability to use its general treasury to fund elections with unlimited donations. The Citizens United ruling has allowed super PACs to gain too much influence over elections; taken away free speech from individuals; and affected the federal ban on direct contributions to candidate campaigns or political parties, which has opened the door for political corruption. Paul Stevens, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in his dissenting opinion in the case expressed, “large independent expenditures generate more influence than direct campaign contributions.” Stevens’s message is that following this ruling PACs influence on elections will be too powerful. According to an analysis by the Brennan Center at New York University, “The most shocking finding is that spending by so-called Super PACs — organizations whose contribution limits have been eviscerated by Supreme Court rulings — has reached $1 billion since Citizens United. Worse, more…

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