Voluntary Bribery Essay Research Paper Political Action

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Voluntary Bribery? Essay, Research Paper Political Action Committees by definition are “associations of individuals who, exercising the First Amendment rights of political speech and association, advance their political and/or ideological goals by pooling their resources to make contributions and/or expenditures to affect the outcome of an election” (www.pacfinder.com). The fact that corporate America determines the outcomes of our elections, influences our law makers’, and has all but total control over our government has been greatly concealed from the American public. The reason for this concealment is because Superclass leaders prefer to keep the existence of and details about the extent of their class-based power out of sight. Also, the above definition does not

suggest that corporations are one of these superclass powers and that they have influence over political campaigns/elections. The truth however, of their existence in this process is clearly evident to the person who is seeking it. As former president Woodrow Wilson once observed, “the masters of the government of the United States are the combined capitalists and manufacturers of the U.S.” (The New Class Society, Pg. 103). President Wilson’s comments although correct, were frowned upon by the superclass and thusly his works and achievements have been greatly marginalized by the privileged-class-controlled mass media. This suggests that our elected officials are merely representatives of the superclass and once they act in a manner representing the working or poor-classes

their power and influence is quickly undermined or outright removed. Current day political campaigns can be thought of as battles to an extent. The days of a person fighting for what he believes in are over. Times have shown the person with the most money and backers wins an election today. When we see a person on television running for a particular office, we just see him. What the vast majority of people do not see and are not allowed to see, are the smiling faces of the large corporate sponsors standing in the shadows. These sponsors are not interested in the welfare of the people nor do they believe in their candidate’s ideas. These sponsors are merely interested in maintaining or increasing their influence over our society. The history of PACs dates back to the 1940’s

during the election years of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unprecedented election to a third White House term. During this election President Roosevelt was given large gifts of money from the United Mine Workers of America, which helped him easily win over other less funded presidential candidates. By the time he sought a fourth term he had already had the full financial support of the UMOA however, a law had been passed to ban gifts of money from such organizations. The president of the United Mine Workers at the time was a man named John L. Lewis. Lewis sidestepped the ban by establishing the National Citizen’s Political Action Committee to collect “voluntary” contributions from mineworkers and others. Instead of using labor union treasury funds, he used NCPAC’s

funds to make contributions to Roosevelt’s campaign. “Today, such groups are called PACs for no reason other than that was what the first one choose to call itself” (www.pacfinder.com). “In 1974, when Congress was debating a post-Watergate version of the Federal Election Campaign Act, Rep. George Hansen (R-Idaho) successfully attached an amendment to the measure that gave birth to explosive growth in PAC sponsorship by corporations and trade associations. The Hansen Amendment made clear that corporations and trade associations could use their treasury funds to finance the administrative and fundraising solicitation costs of a PAC, in much the same manner as labor unions had already been doing for several decades” (www.pacfinder.com). There has always been an implied