Why do we allow corporations to spend money freely on elections?

It honestly makes no sense to me that a special interest has the right to influence an election. How can this possibly be justified? Do people really think corporations should have the same rights as us humans?

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  • 9 years ago
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    I think you miss the point.

    That is what a corporation is.

    That's how it is defined. It gives a group of people the same power as an individual in many ways, and you have the right to do it yourself.

    This isn't magic. It's a basic right.

    But if you think restricting their freedom is YOUR way, I'll tell you what true Democrats (not socialists) do.

    Oppose you.

    It's that simple.

    HOWEVER, if you plan to remove the power of all the non-profits as well to do the same thing...then feel free. That would be fair. After all...

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That's perverse. Remember - it is the perverted power hungry politicians who make the the self-serving laws to finance their obscenely expensive election process. In that regard the US is an outstanding country.

    In Canada that type of election funding is outlawed. Here a rich corporation has as much say or clout as a single individual who makes $2000 a month in regards to election donation(s). I think it is a $500 limit per entity which is tax deductible.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    since a "corporation" is SOLELY responsible for the LIVES of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of individuals, yes. Political decisions that hurt business can potentially destroy the lives of the average sheep who doesnt know that his vote basically just slit his own throat. Business decisions are made by a very few very smart people. The common voter cant possibly be expected to know how to vote properly.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    There are federal election rules that prohibit this. Yet much of Clinton's and Obama's funding came from foriegn sources.

    Go figure.

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  • 9 years ago

    Because we allow unions to do the same thing.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    UNFORTUNATELY the supreme court ruled they could.

    it was a case that should NEVER have bee brought up

    it clearly was a ruling to allow big money to buy american (votes not production)

    Source(s): I support a constitutional Amendment as necessary to stop it
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