In our government class we have supplemented our earning with the study of classical documents from the Declaration of Independence to Federalist #78. The study of these documents that lay at the heart of America has given us the ability to gain an educational perspective when analyzing current events. When we began our discussion of the election process we were taught the essential role that money plays in elections. After our task was completed, we were asked if money is a corrupting influence or a vital form of political speech. Then and now I believe that the distribution of money is a vital tool of political expression that the people have the right to.
Recently while glancing through the Financial times the headline “Super-pacs rack up cash for Republicans” caught my eye. Upon further investigation I realized that this article explained how a Republican super-Pac (political action committee) known as American Crossroads has “the largest of the new campaign groups dominating US politics.” American Crossroads has raised around $100 million dollars for the 2012 presidential elections and is expected to raise up to $200 million more to support the republican presidential candidate. While this super-Pac is thriving others such as the most prosperous pro-Obama Pac, Priorities USA Action, are beginning to struggle. The notion of a super-Pac is almost frowned upon by many Democratic supporters, making the support of such groups on the democratic side very low.
After the preliminary shock from seeing the quantity of money raised by such an organization I researched more on the subject. American Crossroads is headed and CEO and President Steven J. Law who formerly served the United States Deputy Secretary of Labor under president George W. Bush. This super-Pac holds strong to conservative views and is determined to see an Obama free white house after the 2012 election. Though much criticism has been directed towards American Crossroads due to the undisclosed nature of many of their donations, Law claimed in an interview with CBS this was because some donors are “concerned about a culture of intimidation” not because of any illegal reasons. American Crossroads has targeted democrats through the house and the senate but specifically President Obama. Through the help of their funding they have been able to assemble ads focusing of the specific section of the population that were Obama voters in previous elections. An example of these skillfully crafted video’s titled “Backward” explains the damage the Obama administration has done to this country and how this rewinding must stop.
With the support behind Romney and the Republican Party growing every day we are truly able to see the impact that these Republican super-Pacs have had. Without these committees being able to gather funds from fellow supporters of a common cause our political system would be largely different and the people’s voice would be hushed. With the backing of a strong organization such as American crossroads the Republican Party has a sizable chance of defeating Obama in the upcoming election. Without the people’s ability to contribute to the Republican’s campaigning this chance would be gone. As discussed in the Constitution the people have a right to a voice in the political process and in this modern age donations have become an easily accessible medium for this voice.