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]
How do we as Christians involve ourselves in politics? It's not always easy, but it is necessary. Here are some important tips from @bradyshearer founder of @prochurchtools .
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A former member of the Alberta legislature says he won’t pay his provincial taxes until oilpatch players pay theirs.
David Swann, who once led the Alberta Liberals, says his tax strike is in response to news that rural municipalities in the province have been left with $173 million in unpaid property tax from energy companies. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
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
No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.’
–Niall Ferguson ‘We do not need to invent the world anew. The international order established by the United States after World War II is in need of expansion and repair, but not reconception.’
Fears of a globalized world are rampant. Across the West, borders are being reasserted and old alliances tested to their limits. Could this be the end of the liberal order or will the major crises of the twenty-first century strengthen our resolve?
O empresário Romero Reis foi selecionado pelo partido Novo para ser o pré-candidato à prefeito de Manaus nas eleições municipais deste ano. O anúncio foi feito pelo próprio partido na manhã desta quarta-feira (22). A escolha do empresário foi feita após participar de um processo seletivo interno que analisou a biografia dos pré-candidatos e requisitos como capacidade de gestão e conhecimento da máquina pública.
Na última etapa do processo, os pré-candidatos tiveram que apresentar um diagnóstico de problemas e soluções para a cidade.
Romero já havia se lançado pré-candidato pelo pelo PSL, mas após conflitos internos, acabou desfiliando-se da sigla.
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