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Citizen's United And Super PACs In The 2012 Election

Updated on July 6, 2012

It has just been reported that Mitt Romney had passed the 100 Million Dollar mark for the month of June.

Reports are in and Mitt Romney has indeed broken far beyond the 100 Million dollar mark for the month of June. This is the second consecutive month the Republican nominee has surpassed the sitting president in fundraising. We should have real numbers by July 15th.

Although quite a feat, it does bring up some the obvious underlying fears of the Super PAC’s corruptive power and possibly obvious corporation meddling that may be involved with the elective process.

If it keeps up at this rate, we may have the first nominee to spend more than the current incumbent; furthermore it may reach 150% or even 200% more if money continues to keep flowing in at the current rate.

It makes me wonder how different this election would be if it wasn’t for the Super PACs and the Citizens United ruling. The top 6 contributors were all Republican while the 7th was a Democrat, followed by 3 more Republicans to finish the top 10 list… And that is reported contributions thus far.

Seems pretty slanted, doesn’t it?

This isn’t meant to be a Republican bashing article but rather a display of evidence of what is currently happening due to Super PACs. Before the Citizen’s United ruling allowed for the creation of “Super PACs”, individuals were restricted to a certain amount of money they could donate and that was it. There were minor loop holes here and there but they were very hard to use and often had other restrictions that stopped ludicrous spending.

I wonder how different these elections would be if we didn’t allow these “Corporations” and “PACs” to generate nearly unlimited amounts of funds.

How do you feel about Citizens United and Super PACs? Why? Leave your comment below.


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      GamerAinion 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      I can't say much about the Koch Brothers because I haven't done my research thoroughly, but everywhere I go all I hear is negativity towards them and their financial influence. I definitely think that Citizens United definitely allows "Corporations" (or those that wield that title) to "Buy" Elections by having a much greater monetary influence in contributions. Its become more evident this statute's effect on elections, lobbying and other parts of politics.

      "Best Government Money Can Buy." is a quote that comes to mind with the recent rulings and de-regulations.

      I fear to see what it will look like in the 2016 election and beyond.

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      Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      The Citizens United decision was a travesty. The Koch Brothers manuevered it up to the Supreme Court. Now they and their corporate brethren are able to buy elections and pass laws to restrict voting. They want to buy our governments and democracy. Great Hub, GamerAinion.

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      GamerAinion 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      I do agree that it is incredibly heavy handed towards the right. History has shown that the top contributors to this have consistently been the right. Doesn't help that when it came for the courts to vote this beast down, they split heavily upon party lines... The right supporting it.

      Apart from being a tool for the Republicans... There is no merit to a system that allows "Corporations" to spend near unlimited funds to support a candidate. There is always one person at the top making the decisions for the Corporation, that one person should have equal merit as all of the other people.

      It seems for them it becomes more of an investment, where they become megaphone wielders in the middle of a hushed crowd.

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      Bob Zermop 5 years ago from California, USA

      I don't like it. I really don't like it. I'm a capitalist, but this is definitely too far right: "Corporations are people"? It seems to me that Super PACs are dangerous; tyranny by corporations is just as tyrannical as tyranny by the government. Both extremes suffocate liberty, and this is a step too far towards the right.