The Destruction Of Our Democracy

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The Destruction of Our Democracy “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law”. This quote from Theodore Roosevelt illustrates how corporate money can be disastrous when entangled in elections. Unfortunately, the United States continues to grant large corporations the ability to donate to campaigns, leading to a corrupt campaign system. The Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that companies and Super PAC’s can donate an unlimited amount of money to endorse candidates. The Citizens United ruling has caused increased political corruption in the United States by giving candidates the money they need to win an election while changing policies that would be beneficial to their corporate donors and not the American people. Pre Citizens United There were several landmark Supreme Court cases and laws before Citizens United that attempted to regulate campaign contributions. Political corruption is easily caused by immense sums of funds going to a candidate. A candidate will be more likely to benefit corporate interests because that will allow them access to more capital later to help in reelection efforts. This becomes problematic because average citizens do not have the capacity to donate large sums of money to a candidate. A large corporation 's speech is thus, worth far more than the average citizen. This drastically impacts the marketplace of ideas. John Stuart Mills in
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