U.s. Campaign Finance System Essay

1007 Words Jun 9th, 2015 5 Pages
The current U.S. campaign finance system is definitely a problem. The U.S. campaign financing system has never been one of the hallmarks of our democracy as influence has always been susceptible to monetary benevolence. But in 2010 it was dealt a lethal blow by the U.S. Supreme Court when they decided by a narrow majority to trample a century of precedent and declare that corporations, and by extension labor unions, have a first amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of elections.
There are few Supreme Court decisions that have received as much public debate, backlash and attention (except by most of the students in our class who had never heard of it -- scary). “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called it the worst ruling of the current Court saying ‘if there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United.’”(Rosen) The Supreme Court decision saw this decision as victory for the First Amendment which had “muffled the voices that best represent the most significant segments of the economy.”(Weiner)
In actuality it has had a much different impact than the court predicted. Instead of giving the “muffled voices” of the corporations of the United States a voice, the largest amount of money that can be traced has come from a very small but wealthy group of mega donors. “These individuals – fewer than 200 people and their spouses – have bankrolled nearly 60 percent of all super PAC spending since 2010. A super PAC is a…

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