U.s. Federal Campaign Finance Reform Proposal

1630 WordsMay 10, 20167 Pages
One main issue raised by presidential hopefuls revolves around campaign money received by candidates, donated by multi-million dollar corporations. Although it remains illegal for these corporations to directly donate large sums of money to political campaigns and political parties, the fear that political and judicial figures in the American political systems are being bought out by these affluent corporations still worries an inordinate amount of people in the United States. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC whether these wealthy companies had the constitutional right to air advertisements they paid for using company expenditures. Similar to Supreme Court cases within the past half-century, the case suggests that further campaign financing is needed to ensure that political races are not rigged by big-money corporations, such as the oil industry. Although the Citizens United Supreme Court case begins in 2009, the history behind it can be traced back nearly 150 years. In 1867, Congress enacted the first Federal campaign finance reform proposal. The proposal laid the foundation for all others to follow, as it criminalized naval yard workers from contributing money to Federal officials (Appendix 4). Although the next major campaign financing proposal would not happen for almost 50 years, the importance of the Congressional act of 1867 is unfathomable. Despite the difference of contributions, then vs. now, it is essential to understand that Congress

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