In recent years, campaign finance reform has become a growing issue as big money has become an increasing influence over American politics, preventing a wide range of policies broadly supported by the public from advancing. Campaign finance encompasses funds raised and/or spent for influencing elections and public policy, i.e., it describes a form of corruption that typically limits the extent to which the needs of everyday Americans are heard. Over 3/4 of the American public has expressed support for limits on this money , yet the US still has relatively weak regulations in terms of campaign finance compared to other developed countries . Some studies have found evidence that the wealthy, because of this, tend to have a disproportionate influence over government decisions than typical Americans [3, 4] or even greater influence than typical Americans .
In the past, many major pieces of legislation have been passed in the US attempting to ameliorate or eliminate this millstone. The Tillman Act of 1907 was one of the first dealing with modern campaign finance, which should have limited corporate campaign contributions, but these limitations were circumvented with loopholes allowing soft donations such as office space, travel, labor, etc. The act was later mostly overturned by Citizens United v. FEC . The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 later also limited the size of independent spending, corporate political advertisements, and money for "party-building activities." Predictably, these too were largely overturned by McCutcheon v. FEC, Buckley v. Valeo, and Citizens United v. FEC which determined many of their limitations on money in politics to violate free speech (which then should make one wonder whether this means some have more "free speech" than others on the basis of wealth) [7, 8]. The most recent major attempt at regulating campaign finance is the For the People Act of 2019, which would limit foreign lobbying and require donors to "dark money" organizations to be disclosed, though Mitch McConnell has promised not to even bring the legislation to a vote in the Senate, [continued]
I am very happy with the kind of momentum the 2A community has been seeing with the success of the VA rally. It seems fitting that with all these other rallies popping up across the country that my home state of AZ is gonna have their own.
It’s February 15 and will be held at the Capital Lawn in Phoenix. I hope to see many of you there.
Reposted from @ashlynn139 Saying the LGBT community already is stigmatized as being sexually deviant abd pedophiles and bad for families. Says that bringing your children to highly sexualized adult events hurts the LGBT community badly by making what "we" think of them as pedophiles and sexual deviance true, and when I say we I mean we the society not-me as in the individual. listen to this drag queen especially all of you millennials who think you're woke and think you're cool and you're raising your kids and you're completely destroying their brains and their lives and you have no idea the first five years are so important! What you're doing is in my opinion child abuse you take your kid to watch sexualize stuff for Story hour from a drag queen there's nothing Noble in that there's nothing wholesome or even good in that. Just have a person who's not sexualized read them a story and they'll enjoy the story what you're doing is abusive. cred @garbaggio1776
It's the 'I Voted' sticker season people! 👏 This is not a drill 👏 Your opinion matters so make sure your voice is heard 🗣️ Early voting starts February 18th for the preferential primary elections. For where to vote, check vote.bentoncountyar.gov, linked in our bio! ✅Register to vote by February 3. #BentonCountyVotes #sponsored
Such a warm welcome at last night's Cypress-Tomball Dem meeting! The energy was high and it was awesome sharing the story on why #HD126 is a district ripe for flipping! #fliptxhouse#voteforher#democrat
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#NEW Ivanka joined her father, President Trump, as he prepared to make a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos | January 21, 2020
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Ivanka Trump re-wears chic Ocsar de la Renta coat dress and funky $1,500 gold flower belt as she joins her father in Davos - after first modeling the outfit in 2018
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How Many People Are Killed by Police in the U.S.?
“933 people in the U.S. were shot and killed by police in 2019. In 2017 and 2018, about an equal amount of people died this way, according to the Washington Post. Most of those killed by police are male and white. While around 331 of the deceased were white, 212 were Black. This is a relatively high share, keeping in mind that close to 13% of Americans belong to that race group.”
“Around 58% of those shot and killed by police carried a gun themselves. But in the case of 90 people, they were either unarmed or it is unknown if they carried a weapon. In 23 cases, the deceased had been seen with a toy weapon that was mistaken for the real thing. Out of the 933 killed, more than 171 were listed as having shown signs of mental illness.”
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