The Importance Of Campaign Finance Reform

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American election campaigns are unique in many ways. Many other nations look to us as a beacon of hope for democracy, the gold standard for a republic, and the perfect example for elections and election campaigns. While we may be a beacon of hope and to some the gold standard, we are far from perfect in any regard – especially within our campaigning and election system. In the United States, campaign finance reform can seeming gain no traction in congress or the supreme court. There is always some loophole or workaround that allows the ultra-wealthy to heavily influence our election process. However, something that is also fairly unique to American election campaigns is how we advertise, names our heavy usage of negative and attack advertisements. …show more content…
So much in fact, that many candidates often prioritize fundraising over anything else. In campaigns, money directly translates to other political resources. A candidate can have an army of enthusiastic volunteers at the ready, but that is really no match for a handful of people or even just one person who is an expert professional in running campaigns. All the enthusiasm in the world from volunteers and voters cannot successfully run a campaign. In addition to being able to hire people with the proper expertise to run a campaign, large amounts of money raised early on in the cycle can scare-off challengers as well as deter them from even throwing their hat into the ring (Burton 124). In order to have the money necessary to gain these advantages the candidate must obviously get it from somewhere, which is where the problem with campaign finance …show more content…
Media biases have gotten stronger and less subtle over time, and seemingly reached a new high in the most recent presidential election. Donald Trump was highly scrutinized and criticized by most media outlets, often times rightfully so, but President-Elect Trump did something unique in calling a lot of the news outlets out on what he thought was their bias coverage of him and his campaign. President-Elect Trump may have been right in calling out a lot of news outlets though. Studies have shown that journalists tend to be much more liberal and Democratic than the American electorate at large, as well as the most liberal and Democratic journalists tend to work for the more prestigious news sources that have a much greater audience. This apparent Democrat biases among journalists seems blatantly obvious; however, many journalists who are more liberal on social issues such as abortion or the death penalty, hold more conservative values when it comes to economic issues such as government intervention on income inequality (Erikson 226-227). Another issue affecting media bias is the type of media that is being considered. With the aforementioned bias of journalists who work for more prestigious news outlets, often television, there is also a slight conservative bias among other news outlets. Newspapers editorials tend to overwhelmingly hold conservative biases. There are many speculations to why

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