The Presidential Campaign

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Levy (2016) states that “Struggling to make ends meet, Ben Carson’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign woes continued Thursday with the announcement of a “reorganization” that cost dozens of paid staffers their jobs.” This statement shows the impact that finances have on the US presidential campaigns. It follows that the fate of the presidential candidates’ fate relies on organization and by extension, their pockets.
Private financing forms the biggest percentage of political parties funding and their candidates which comes with both dangers and virtues. While enabling political parties or candidates to engage the electorate better stands as a virtue, the financing also poses considerable risk to democracy. The main concern is the source of money which could be from illegal or criminal activities aimed at curtailing the course of justice. The main concern among the electorate is the upholding of impunity and buying influence by the campaign financiers.
Obama Romney Campaign
In the last US elections, the front runners were the current president Obama and the republican candidate mitt Romney. According to Vogel, Levinthal and Tarini (2012), the camping used $ 1.123 billion for Obama and $ 1.019 billion for Romney which was debuted as the most expensive presidential election in the history of US presidential campaigns.
Among the main financiers were Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner who together with his wife gave a whopping $ 39.7 million and Fred Eychaner, a…
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