The way that U.S. elections are funded is, by now, well-known to be bribery… legalized bribery. U.S. Supreme Court decisions have allowed for this corruption, ruling that corporations and special interest groups can contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.
Supporters of this system argue that money is protected as free speech under the 1st Amendment.
Opponents argue that this system silences the majority of people, infringing on their free speech, by allowing the wealthy to have greater influence.
Although elected officials are supposed to represent all of their constituents (voters), the current system inevitably causes a large disparity in the amount of influence that corporations and the wealthiest people in the country have over politicians.
As a result, opponents point out how this system corrupts the democratic process of U.S. elections, causing politicians to protect the interests of corporations and special interests above their own constituents.
While some argue that our current system of funding elections is too corrupt to change, there are measures that are used to help mitigate the crises, as well as solutions that could be implemented, but all are hotly debated. Read more about this research from the TYT Army.
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