A substantial majority of Americans see money in political campaigns is generally detrimental.
- 77% Want limits on campaign spending
- 76% Say money has too much influence
- 64% Believe good candidates are discouraged
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United, has gotten a lot of attention lately and for good reason. Unlimited donations by the wealthy elite and corporations to super PACs have drowned out the voices of ordinary Americans.
Money influencing voters comes from dark sources, out of state and even out of the country. Money spent for and against candidates is greater outside campaigns than inside, giving candidates little control over the trajectory of their own campaign.
We are powerless when we vote for money. Representatives who won because of big-money have no incentive to legislate changes limiting campaign spending.