Speech : Is Money Speech?

919 WordsJan 26, 20164 Pages
Is Money Speech? The funding of political campaigns and lobbying is one area where the freedom of “speech” should defiantly be restricted. In the 2000s, a series of court cases that culminated in Citizens United v. FEC have destroyed the ability of the American people to properly regulate election spending. As a result of this, the government has become massively corrupt, the government is now even less accountable to the American people, and the country has been greatly destabilized. Of course, these problems all can be fixed in order to create a better America. When ruling in Citizens United, Anthony Kennedy stated that, “independent expenditures do not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption.” this has since been debunked (Appearance of Corruption). The appearance of corruption is everywhere within our current system. When politicians privately visit the home of billionaire industrialists in order to secure campaign funding it becomes obvious that corruption exists (Parker). In the state of Kansas, 76% of influential legislative positions are held by members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) (Mainstream Coalition). This group largely funded by major corporations allows corporations to exert considerable influence over the American legislative process. ALEC’s practice of providing lawmakers with talking points, and creating model bills for its members to later vote on, transforms our lawmakers from the representatives of the
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