The Importance Of Big Money In Politics

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Americans live in a world populated by “big money”, by numbers so large they are practically impossible to comprehend. Parents talk to their children about their childhood when movie tickets were only one dollar instead of eight. Some of the biggest culprits of this “big money” society, are the politicians who run the country. As they begin the cycle of elections, whether it’s a congressional or presidential election, they gear up for costs in the millions and billions of dollars. The money that candidates are able to spend come from many different places, but it is impossible to ignore the fact that, in 2012, 6 billion dollars were spent on campaigns (Overby). One of the most influential donors of this money is the interest group; a group …show more content…
This pressure will force them to pay attention to more than just money and to issues rather than bribery. At the end of the campaign, money not spent due to spending limits would be returned to the donators. In the current political process, political candidates can spend as much money on their campaign as they want. The average cost to win a seat in the House of Representatives as of 2013 was $1.1 million dollars per candidate. The average for a seat in the Senate was $6.5 million per candidate (Frumin). At first glance this seems like a huge discrepancy between the two chambers of Congress, but, when one looks closer, the reason for the difference becomes clear. The House of Representatives is based on popular representation and has 435 members while the Senate is based on equal representation, granting two senators per state. Because the Senate is so much smaller than the House, the cost to win a Senate seat will always be larger than the cost to win a seat in the House. To curb the bribery that takes place with interest groups and PACs spending limits for both of these congressional races should be put into place. For the House of Representatives, a $1 million spending limit should be imposed. This limit, being very close to the average …show more content…
One major complaint is that “Politics should remain private decisions, especially considering all these special interests seem to do is cancel each other out in fund donation…” (Amante). This viewpoint believes that allowing corporations and interests groups to donate large sums of money to candidates contributes to the rampant bribery within political campaigns. While the plan outlined above will note eliminate bribery in politics, and hardly anything will, it will curb bribery by putting more monetary and constituency responsibility onto the candidates because they won’t be able to spend nearly as

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