The Importance Of Representation In Politics

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When one studies the upbringing of the nation we know today as the United States of America, it can easily be concluded that one main factor acted as the driving force for the desire to separate from England : taxation without representation. The idea that the people could have no say within the realm of politics that affected their daily lives infuriated many and led to rebellious acts such as the Boston Tea Party. In today’s American political structure, the concept of representation still holds much importance, which can be seen through all of the elected positions that can be held today. From President of the United States to Parish President of Saint Charles Parish, all of these positions possess an integral function to our democratic …show more content…
However, normal Political Action Committees have a five thousand dollar limit to give to a candidate in any election and are limited to giving fifteen thousand dollars a year to any national political party (What Is a PAC?). This limit was added to quell the fears of the wealthy forcing their agenda upon the middle and lower class of American citizens. A new kind of Political Action Committee emerged in 2010 after the supreme court decision made in “Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee,” in which it was decided that “individuals could have no limit on how much they donate to corporations due to free speech” (Are Super PACs Good or Bad for Democracy?). The rise of these new “Super PACs” has paved the way for the wealthy to have an outlet for them to spend obscene amounts of money on the candidates of their choice. However, these Super PACs are not allowed to give money to the candidates, but rather form a corporation that supports the candidate in the form of buying television ads and sending out emails to potential voters. This allows these rich individuals to show their support for candidates but not directly fund them, which would leave less room for questionable motives. In the ever changing political landscape, this has given wealthy businesses and individuals a huge point of leverage in which they can gain influence in the …show more content…
These committees were initially formed as a means for people with similar interests to unite and further support candidates who share their beliefs. Therefore, why not allow people to exercise their own right of free speech to go the extra mile to give support to candidates they greatly favor? If the system were unrestricted, the skepticism would be evident because mass sums of money could be donated, but the system has its own limitations and restrictions which allow for none of that foul play to occur in any format. Campaign funding has been controversial since the onset of the twentieth century, but now the shroud of controversy has been lifted and the American public can rest assure that the system is not favoring the wealthy anymore. Also, these groups allow voters to research candidates in a more controlled setting because instead of searching the vastness of the internet for information about a candidate’s view on a certain issue, it is now more readily accessible to view such information. Such information has never been readily accessible, if accessible at all, but now the voting community has a consistent outlet to stay informed and research their candidates efficiently. In the ever changing political landscape, Political Action

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