The Role Of Special Interest Groups And Super Pacs

2174 WordsDec 12, 20169 Pages
Governmental power and Economic power have become concentrated to such a degree that this intense focus on “power over” is creating concentrated issues that directly threaten both equality and democracy. Thus, resulting in “power over” the people, rather than for the people. To support my claim of both powers becoming too threatening towards democracy and equality, the topics of re-election rates within congress, the role of special interest groups and super PACs regarding their own political influence, and the role of people power will be briefly examined as too how these three topics directly interfere, as well as threaten, both equality and democracy for the American people. A key issue within America is the process in which congressional members can be re-elected and how high this re-election rate is. This rate is referred to as incumbency, in which Ginsberg explains in his book that, once an individual is a member of congress, they are granted access to tools in which help “stack the deck” in favor of their re-election (Ginsberg 278). According to Ginsberg, approximately 90 percent of incumbents in the House and 91 percent in the Senate were re-elected in the 2012 elections (Ginsberg 279). From these percentages, it can be concluded that the rate at which incumbency occurs in the United States, inequality within the congress is very prevalent. A testimony by Nathan Benefield provides support to the claim of inequality within congress by stating, “instead of making
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