Does money have too much influence on politics?

Posted by: IndependentTruth

Many argue that Super PACs and millionaire contributions to campaigns are a threat to the democratic process and leads us on the path to an oligarchy. Others argue that money equals free speech, and big contributions are the only way for candidates to get their message out. What do you think?

  • Yes. Big money in politics is a threat to the democratic process.

  • No. Money equals free speech.

79% 19 votes
21% 5 votes
  • The government and all its branches would be so far in debt, practically nothing if it wasn't for the control of the taxes and research money injected into it.

  • There is no honour in money

  • For the guys in the "No" column, in the words of an ex WWF superstar: "I'VE GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA...." Hillary Clinton or Harry Reid

  • Snowball effect: The purpose of the US political system is to represent, that means you represent the majority while avoiding undermining the minority. In cases with super pacs the you throw your money to support your candidate, if others support the same then they slowly build up funds for your candidate. This, like a snowball rolling down a hill, is why money = free speech, if you limit how much you can throw it is limiting how much you can express yourself.

  • Money = Power The more money you have the more influence you have in a capitalist society The more influence you have in a society the more power you have

  • Free speech

  • It used to. Now with the advent of social media, less TV campaigns are needed to reach certain audiences.

    Posted by: Sharku
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Stefy says2015-06-29T23:47:10.9265501-05:00
Preston: Yes but saying that money is free speech means that some end up getting more of a voice in an election of they have more money. Everyone is supposed to have an equal vote.
Preston says2015-07-02T10:02:02.4402683-05:00
@Stefy: They all have an equal vote, voice and vote are not the same, voice may sway vote, but if you are against that then there can be no speech at all.

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