by michaelbrodsky | 9.18.17
Over the past several years, campaign finance has gained considerable national attention. From the McCain–Feingold Act to the Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, it's become a near-constant topic of conversation.
On the one hand, people argue that companies and corporations should have very limited influence in political campaigns. And that our current situation, which grants corporations first amendment protection and enables Super PACs to spend unlimited sums of money, undermines the electoral system. On the other, people argue that companies and corporations are comprised of people, and that constitutional rights should equally apply to them. Similarly, they point out that campaign finance laws apply to each political party, and that Democrats and Republicans are all on equal ground.
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Our politics are controlled by corporate money. Two things that would help is to cut off corporate donations and lobbyists and to create a mechanisms to have the people remove or fire “owned” congressmen. Individual contributions only and a way to speedily remove corruption.