Are SuperPACs Stealing The Election?

 

SO, what IS a Super PAC, you say? Well, here’s what I can find out.

PAC stands for Political Action Committee. A political action committee, or PAC, is an organization in the United States that campaigns for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation.

 

Approved by the US Supreme Court, the 2010 election marked the rise of a new political committee, dubbed “super PACs,” and officially known as “independent-expenditure-only committees,” which can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as wealthy individuals.

 James Bopp Jr., an opponent of campaign finance restrictions who served as a legal adviser for Citizens United in its successful 2010 Supreme Court case, recently established Republican Super PAC, a type of campaign committee that can raise and spend unlimited sums from corporations and individuals so long as it does not coordinate with political parties and candidates.

The new venture could, in effect, allow candidates and party committees to raise unlimited sums during the 2012 election. Unlike other super PACs that have sprung up since the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case, the Republican Super PAC promises donors it will spend money on the candidate of their choice.

At first an opponent of the Republican-sponsored SuperPAC, Barack Hussein Obama has now incorporated the SuperPAC provision into his own re-election campaign that has already generated millions of dollars for his campaign.

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SO, with all political parties now taking advantage of this new, approved way of raising funds, what does that mean to us, the guy “on the street”?

In years past, with restrictions on how much each candidate for office could spend in election campaigns, plus monetary assistance from the Federal government (remember the $2 Donate To Elections check box on your 1040 Form?). Now, with this ruling the sky’s the limit! Basically, the one (including SuperPACs) with the most money/influence can flood the market with advertising, either for or against a candidate. That DOES make a difference since most persons hearing and seeing political ads are gullible enough to believe them – whatever the party. And, that, my friends, sways the election!

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First, to take the individual’s vote out of the hands of the public, we were presented (without choice) the “Electoral College”, a consortium of hand-picked politicians (supposedly unbiased).

The voters of each state, and the District of Columbia, vote for electors to be the authorized constitutional participants in a presidential election. In early U.S. history, some state laws delegated the choice of electors to the state legislature. Electors are free to vote for anyone eligible to be President, but in practice pledge to vote for specific candidates and voters cast ballots for favored presidential and vice presidential candidates by voting for correspondingly pledged electors.

The Twelfth Amendment provides for each elector to cast one vote for President and one vote for Vice President. It also specifies how a President and Vice President are elected. They would then vote FOR us and that vote would determine the winner.  Gee, thanks guys!

Strangely, a majority of Americans have continually expressed support for the notion of an official amendment of the U.S. Constitution that would allow for “direct election”, arguing that the Electoral College is archaic, inherently undemocratic and gives certain swing states disproportionate influence in selecting the President and Vice President.

Proponents argue that the Electoral College is an important, distinguishing feature of federalism in the United States and that it protects the rights of smaller states. Numerous constitutional amendments have been introduced in the Congress seeking to alter the Electoral College or replace it with a direct popular vote; however, no proposal has ever passed the Congress.

 

So, do we really have a democracy or are we controlled by the more influential politicians and the “super packs of money”?  You make the call!

 
 

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