Tech News Spy recently published an article by Heidi Harris called “End Citizens United Explains Why We Need to Re-evaluate Our Campaign Finance Rules”. The article discusses the recent expose of the Russian company that has ties to Kremlin spent more than six-figures in digital ads on social media platforms to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The article on technewsspy.com reveals that despite not allowing the spending of foreign money in political campaigns, the election laws are not tight enough to prevent them from interfering in the election.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently attempting to discover if Trump’s team has cooperated with the Russians to solidify his campaign. However, because the laws created by right-wing lobbyists and politicians allow unlimited funding from corporations, the electoral system is constantly rigged in their favor.
The recent breach reveals how weak the American elections are and how unprepared the American legal system is to deal with such an issue. Large corporations or even extremely wealthy individuals have the ability to connect with and influence the politicians they feel can influence policy to benefit them.
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Through loopholes in the law, the American populace is unlikely to discover just how much the Russians spent on America’s electoral campaigns. The law not only allowed the Russians to have an influence, but other foreign entities also took advantage of the legal loophole. It has been revealed that a company owned by Chinese nationalists donated a sizeable amount of nearly $1.3 million to a super PAC. Similarly, a Mexican entrepreneur also donated a sizeable amount to a different super PAC, hiding the amount donated through a shell organization.
However, this may be just the tip of the iceberg. The Federal Electoral Committee is currently investigating more than 15 cases of foreign entities illegally spending money on American campaigns.
Despite knowing about these violation, Congress seems unwilling to end the loopholes that are causing the issue despite having a variety of acts, proposals and bills that would end it. One such act is the DISCLOSE act which would require transparency of spending from public and private entities. However, the Republicans have filibustered the act for a number of years. The People Reform Package, which contains the Get Money Out of U.S. Elections Act would also close the legal loopholes that are currently allowing foreign governments and individuals to influence the politics.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee dedicated to ending Big Money influencers on political campaigns. Their mission is to prevent individuals and public entities from donating without accountability.
By helping pro-finance reform politicians, they seek to improve the corrupted political system. End Citizens United also seeks to educate the public on money issues in politics.