April 6th, 2015

Mic

On-topic: Super PACs

Yeah, the elephant in the room, as some call it. Depending on whom you ask, many would denounce super PACs as the bane of modern democracy, while some'd argue that they're the only thing keeping some campaigns alive, where those should've deflated a long time before their actual lifespan. According to many researches, most GOP super PACs are funded by big-money donors giving well over half a million bucks to their preferred candidates. Which clearly indicates that at least in GOP's case, campaigns are driven by super-rich mega-corporations and/or individuals with very large coffers. And there lies the problem, and most of the criticism: because this tends to distort the political situation, in that it provides an opportunity to a handful of mighty individuals or groups with their own special interests to largely influence and shape the entire political landscape. Because those would then certainly demand their due, once their candidate gets into office. Hence, the incredible power of lobbyism in legislation. (Ya know, because as we all know, corporations are people).

Given these recent developments, it's normal to expect that super PACs will be exerting an ever increasing influence on future elections, especially presidential races. So, the American democracy will end up having a few powerful donors having an enormously and disproportionately louder voice than most others.

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