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The Damage Of Money On Elections

In government elections today money has become a major part of running for office.  Many political parties raise money in effort to try to get their representatives to be more publicized, so that they have a better chance of getting elected.  It has become more than that though, money is starting to become more of the candidates and parties focus than the election itself.  They believe that they ultimately need money to win elections, which is sadly true.  The only political parties that have been elected into the presidency are Republicans and Democrats.  There are more political parties in the United States besides the two, but no one ever hears about them because they attain a less amount of money than the other parties. Money is an issue in government elections today and Congress should put a limit on it because it is unconstitutional. The money that is implicated with the election process is unjust: different parties have more cash than others, individuals and groups are taking advantage, and it is making government more corrupt.

Money is thought of to be unfair in political elections because a wealthier candidate would have an enhanced chance of winning.  The Democratic Party and Republican Party raised a combine 2.38 billion dollars for the 2012 election alone and most of the money was spent on advertisement (Washington Post).  Money is not just becoming a tool used as an advantage in government; it is also distracting candidates from their main focuses. “‘When candidates … are spending 90 percent of their time raising money,’ Bayh says, ‘that’s time they’re not spending with constituents or with public-policy experts’” (News Week).  The candidates that raise the most money get more recognition and that was thought of to be unequal. Members of congress did attempt to get rid of the huge factor of money in elections.  In 1971, the Federal Campaign Act was passed to try to limit the amount of money spent and after the Watergate scandal and more amendments were made.  These laws passed, established a court case Buckley v. Valeo.  Buckley argued that spending money was connected to freedom of speech and therefore taking away his rights of the first amendment. “The court sided with Buckley by taking away limits on overall spending, on spending on the candidates, and on spending by independent groups.  However, the justices upheld the public funding of presidential elections the court allowed limits on how much an individual or group might give to a candidate” (Scott).  This made loopholes in the law and political action, committees then started to give money to candidates.

This gave rise to PACs, Political Action Committees, and it allowed them to give unlimited sums of money.  These corporations, groups, and individuals giving ridiculous sums of money to the candidates are how the corruption takes place.  “They give their money in attempt to get access with the winners of the election, and make them wealthier” (News Week).  Their money goes to reforms that they help idealize and that benefit them and their companies.  This is how money is becoming a problem, since PACs are giving large sums of money, the candidates have to listen to their opinions and take them into account.  This is unreasonable to the poor people in the United States because they do not have the crash to donate so that they can have an opinion in government too.  PACs is why money is becoming corrupted in the election process, and government should alter the way that they are allowed to donate an unlimited amount of money.

Money has become a huge factor in elections and it is fixing which representative wins.  A lot of corruption is also involved and there should be a limit on the sums of money used in elections.  It creates an unfair balance between representatives because one is a lot more publicized than the others.  Money has also become a distraction in the government; they should be more focused on their priorities, which are the citizens of the United States.

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