Combating Corruption in Campaign Finance in the United States: Why a Grass Roots Approach Is the Only Solution
30 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 4, 2015
This paper suggests a viable solution about how to curb the influence that wealthy individuals and corporations have in federal elections because this influence not only perpetuates a system of corruption, but also creates problems for voters. When corporations and wealthy individuals can use money to influence elections, congressional and presidential representatives that received monetary support are beholden to their donors, not their constituencies. Part two will discuss recent Supreme Court precedent that has changed campaign finance laws and the effect that these changes had on the deregulation of campaign finance that allowed super PACs to flourish. Part three will examine international principles and comparison of trends in the regulation of campaign finance in the United States. Part four will explain that the only means of combatting deregulation that allows corruption to take place in federal campaign finance, is to empower the citizens of the United States with knowledge about which corporations and wealthy individuals are promoting or calling for defeat of specific candidates.
Keywords: Campaign finance, Corruption, Grass Roots, Elections, Campaign, Citizens United, McCutcheon, First Amendment, Free Speech, Rule of Law, Democratic Governance
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