The Politics of Campaign Finance

From the very first elections held in the United States, there has always been a strong link between money and politics. During the first elections in the late 1700’s you had to be a white male landowner over the age of 21 in order to vote, meaning that you had to have money in order to have your vote counted. It seems today that we cannot go a day with out seeing campaign finance in the media, whether or not it is through advertisements for politicians in the media or asked to donate money to help let your favorite candidate win. Because campaign finance has always been on the back burner of political issues, there has hardly been any change to the large influence money has over the election process and politicians. While money has it’s place in the way campaigns are not it should not be the sole determinant of who will win the election, there needs to be tighter restrictions on large donations made to campaigns so that the election process goes back to depending on votes from the people of the U.S. instead of allowing those with the most money control the race. No matter what the r…




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