Has voting power always been concentrated in the hands of PACs and the super wealthy, or is this a relatively new phenomenon?
Everyone seems to think this is fairly new. I'm just hoping people who are actually old enough to know (and are able to see through media B.S.) can confirm if this is way it has always been or not.
- Anonymous4 years agoFavorite Answer
The second half of the 1800s saw a lot of corruption, followed by some reform.
But in the past couple decades we've seen the return of some of this nonsense (albeit a more modern version). There has been a rise in the political clout of PACs, wealthy elites, corporations, lobbyists, anonymous donors, etc. The bull$hit Citizens United supreme court decision poured gasoline on the fire.
- TimLv 74 years ago
Pac's are new but the super wealthy and rich have always benifited by having laws made to make them richer.
- Anonymous4 years ago
from day 1 :
the Plutocratic, Kingpin-Slaver Founding Fathers.
then the Pres election of 1896; the plutocratic robber barons Rockefeller, Carnegie & Morgan united and spent $$$ on a smear campaign to defeat W. Jennings Bryan and crush any govt regulation of their monopolies.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 74 years ago
it isn't even a real phenomenon. Sanders and Trump are leading and they aren't the PAC/wealthy favorites
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- OreoLv 74 years ago
Not always. The 20th Century brought it out and Citizens United made it poisonous. Scalia's legacy.
- Larry CLv 74 years ago
PACs have money and minimal voting power. you are saying people are easily fooled if you think they have the power.