Politician for Sale

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While corporations can fund political elections, political contributions from corporations or businesses should be illegal because corporations are buying politicians. This makes the politician vulnerable to pressure from the highest donor and, the persuasive power of money clouds people’s judgment. In the 2012 Presidential election, the US political system spent $1,107,114,702.00 for the Democratic presidential candidate and $1,238,097,161.00 for Republican presidential candidate for a total of $2,345,211,863.00 just to get elected to office (www.opensecrets.org / Center for Responsive Politics). All contemporary democratic societies are based on systems of representation. In a theoretical representative democracy, citizens form positions on issues and convey their views to elected representatives, whose job is to make policies consistent with those positions. (Bey, D. and Mizruchi, M. 2005). This is the theory however, if a corporation or a group of corporations donate money to a political party, they expect something in return. Like favoritism when the politician votes for certain bills or political contracts awarded in their favor. This type of structure in government is known as elite pluralism. American society was dominated politically by a small group of leaders that included both the heads of major organizations as well as top political officials. These elites, having formed a largely cohesive community, unified not only through common interests in maintaining their privileges but also through common socialization experiences (including attendance at elite prep schools and universities), common membership in social clubs and policy-making organizations, and social and kinship ties. (Bey, D. and Mizruchi, M. 2005). During the 1980s, data on the campaign contributions of corporate political action committees (PACs) in the United States became…...

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