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    Public Campaign Finance

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    One argument to resolve the ever-increasing need for campaign fund-raising, the influence of contributions, and equity in political outcomes is to reinvigorate the public campaign finance system (Miller, 2014). At the national level, public campaign finance is defunct, yet in municipalities, there are various public campaign finance systems in use. Cities are micro-laboratories of democratic providing various structures for increasing equity in political participation and decreasing the policy disparity that exists among affluent groups and average…

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    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…

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    Campaign finance reformers would most like to see a cap placed on how much can be spent “independent” of campaigns just as there is a cap with how much can be contributed directly to a campaign. Unfortunately, Citizens United quashed any notion of spending caps because as previously stated the Court feels caps would inhibit free speech. Caps would help equalize the influence between the wealthy and the non-wealthy, and discourage bribery and extortion. Also, contribution limits would improve…

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    influence would try the fortitude of their burgeoning political system. The effects of their unknowingness permeate throughout the United States government; yet still the American people are seemingly unware of – or perhaps altogether unmoved by – the astonishing amount of money being funneled into the political machine, let alone the identities of those making such remarkable donations. A series of wide-sweeping Congressional legislation which champions transparency in all matters of campaign…

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    Campaign Finance Reform Essay The main ideas of the essay Campaign Finance Reform by Larry J. Sabato and Glenn R. Simpson is to make it known that regulating campaign contributions from the public by the Federal Election Commission is ineffective and cannot be supported because of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and to present another way to improve campaigning. The significance of these authors was to approach the issue of campaigning reform and give a different view to how to…

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    Campaign Finance Problems

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    The primary problem facing campaign finance today is the anonymousness of the political donors. Whether you ask a Republican, Democrat or Independent, their primary attitude toward the situation is a call for disclosure of identity for donors. In the modern age of the internet, this can be provided instantaneously to anyone wishing access. Some people, such as Representative John Doolittle, believe that as long the campaign donors' identities are disclosed, that contributions could become…

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    In America, citizens have a unique privilege that people do not get in most other countries. Americans have the privilege to vote; however, most do not vote. People who run for office are called candidates and they get financial support from a multitude of different groups and by individual donors. This phenomenon is called campaign finance. From local to national offices, money fuels votes. From studying campaign finance briefly, I learned about court cases, types of groups, superpacs, FEC…

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    The definition of campaign finance reform is a movement, fueled in recent decades by political candidates' increasing dependence on expensive television advertisements, to restrict the amount of money that individuals and interest groups can contribute to political campaigns (Dictionary.com2016). With the status of campaign finance reform they have three main avenues that will regulate their campaign finance. A few states rely on one but most use a combination of two or three campaign finance…

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    Various actors are able to influence political campaigns, including interest groups such as, PACS, Super PACS, and Unions; in addition individual contributors. Under Buckley corporations were able to create political action committees (PACS or super PACS) to raise and make monetary contributions to political candidates, in addition to spending on their behalf. Citizens United Supreme Court case further their capabilities by making it legal for corporations to do these things without the need of…

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    Campaign finance is a very controversial topic among Americans. Not a lot of U.S. citizens seem to be content with the system in place today due to the rising costs. This results in the average citizen feeling as if candidates will be more responsive to the opinions of people who donate more versus those who donate less. In the spring of 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform act was passed. Later, in 2010, this reform act was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Citizens United…

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