Since 2002, United States federal elections campaigns have been regulated by the federal laws under Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), popularly known as the McCain-Feingold. Under the law, corporations and unions were not allowed to use their treasuries to advocate for a particular candidate or run their own campaign ads (Francia, 16). They were only allowed to express their interests through political actions committees that were strongly regulated. However, just before the crucial 2010 midterm congressional election period, this law was partly upended by the United States Supreme Court. In the case of Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 votes, ruled that corporations and unions were
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Neither Party Greatly Benefits The argument that the court’s ruling greatly favors republicans is not true because as opposed to the previous years, nowadays most large corporations hedge their bets and give donations to both parties. In fact, they give donations to whoever is in power, or possibly going to be (Carney, 2). This explains why the Obama campaigns were able to do so well. All the funds used in the campaign did not only come from individuals, a huge portion came from large corporation, that is, their PACs. Therefore, the ruling will not favor republicans but it will favor the most promising or prominent party.
The Ruling Will Not Change the Politics of the Nation (Still Politics-As-Usual) The claim that large corporations will greatly dominate or interfere with the politics of the country is perplexing (Carney, 2). For quite a long time even before the ruling, large corporation such as New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal among others have had the ability to further their political needs. Under the political action committees (PACs), they have been given the permission to support and donate to political parties or candidates. Moreover, most unions or corporate lobbyist PACs have been running ads about various issues or in support of various candidates. Therefore, it a fact that this