US Campaign Finance: Anything Goes?

Campaign finance in the wake of Citizens United Photo: donkeyhotey flickr

Forget social media, these elections are all about super-PACs (Political Action Committees). Empowered by a recent Supreme Court ruling, these new advocacy groups are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into political campaigns. Theirability to fill both TV and radio with ads makes them a force to be reckoned with. What is this doing to America’s democracy? A small number of wealthy individuals account for the vast majority of super-PAC contributions and loopholes are exploited to provide anonymity for donors. This may make US politicians more dependent onshadowy groups of donors, further distancing them from the electorate.

by Jesper Åkesson