Could we mitigate the effects that interest groups have on our politics if we limited congressional terms?
I don't know of the constitutionality of limiting terms, and keep in mind this is theoretical. Did you know that, if a Congressman has any aspirations for reelection, he needs to raise at least 10,000 dollars a week? You'd need a pretty big cash cow for that which, in essence, leads to people being able to buy our politicians; a sad fact of the system we live in.
Keep in mind that corporations are not allowed to directly donate to national campaigns as per the Tillman Act of 1907; I suppose they could find ways around that, but we're certainly better with it than without. I feel interest groups are more of a threat.
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
citizens united ruling got rid of Tillman act rules for corporations .
so you think giving a politician only one term to be bought by the lobbyists will help things ? it is the LOBBYISTS that are corrupting them , not the amount of time they have in office . just the financial industry alone spent 5 Billion dollars last year on lobbying . they employed 3000 lobbyists . that 5 for every congressman . that's a lot of free trips to hawaii and hiafa . a corporation is NOT a human . we must stop the paid lobbyists from buying our congress .
- Anonymous8 years ago
No. That just means that you throw out both the bad and the good or are you saying that no one that is ever elected is good.
The reason that your Congressman wastes money or does something good is because whenever he does it for you then you think he is the greates man on earth. In other words, he is bribing you to vote for him and your greed for whatever he gives you or your district is more important to you than the health of your country. That is what the whole concept of bringing home the bacon means. That is why we can't build something good for the country because each of them wants something to take home if the other guy gets something. We get 10 million dollar bridges to nowhere as a result.
- QuanLv 78 years ago
We have them on the presidency, and interest groups still have a strong hold.
Constitutional campaign finance reform is the only way.
- 8 years ago
It would help, but not eliminate the corruption in Washington. The real problem is corporate control of the Democratic and Republican parties.