Super Pcs In Elections

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Super PACs in Elections In our modern world, money holds a massive amount of power. Money is a motivator. Our civilization is a slave to its power. Money has the power the encourage people to act against their morals and their own interest. Not only does money rule every aspect of our personal life but it has also sized control of our government. Our government was created as a democracy where the power is given to the people but since then money has removed power from the people and has given it to only the super wealthy. How has this happened? Super PACs are independent organizations that raise money to advertise for or against a candidate running for a public office. Since they do not contribute directly to a candidate, they can legally …show more content…
Money is an important aspect of the campaign process because a candidate must spend large sums of money so the American people can become familiar with the candidate they want to represent them. The American people needed to be certain that the candidate that represented them actually represented them and not the people who had enough money to persuade the candidate to look after their desires. Limits were placed on the amount of money a sponsor could contribute to a candidate. This insured that many sponsors could only contribute a small mount of money each so one sponsor did not gain too much power. So super wealth organizations and people such as corporations make their contributions to independent organizations that raise money to support or hurt a candidate without the money actually going directly to the candidate. These organizations are called super PACs. Girish Gulati said in his paper, “Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals and then spend unlimited sums of money on television advertisements and other electioneering communications to expressly advocate for or against a political candidate”(410). This gives corporations a loophole to be able to take back control over the political …show more content…
FEC (2010). Specifically, it made it legal for corporations and unions to spend their money on campaigns, so long as the groups did so independently of the candidates. Subsequently, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in Speechnow.org v. FEC (2010) that limiting the contributions to independent PACs would be akin to a violation of free speech rights, and thus they should be allowed to raise unlimited sums of money for the purpose of spending it on political

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