Mark Reinhardt- Boise (This is Idaho Calling)
The United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has left many in The United States feeling left out of the Political Process. Within Idaho, and throughout the national landscape, a dueling protest movements have popped up in response to the court’s ruling allowing companies to make unlimited Campaign Contributions to candidates running for office. Many Idaho residents and citizens across the United States became angry after the ruling itself was issued.
According to Jack Abermoff, an Ex-Convict who spent four years in prison for bribing Elected Officials. Said in an interview with CBS News 60 Minutes on the subject of Campaign Contributions.
The CBS Report then goes into further detail of Abermoff explaining how the system works from his perspective.
Both sides of the Political Spectrum point figures at each other for the current state of affairs in U.S. Capitol. One iniative proposed by The Occupy Wall Street Movement had proposed an amendment to The United States Constitution to solve the issue. The amendment originally proposed by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Specifically, placing the focus on banning Corporations from being able to contribute anything to an election race.
According to data presented by The Center for Responsive Politics regarding the who’s who groups financing elections. Both Labor Groups and Corporation can equally benefit from the Citizens United Court decision.
According to its webpage covering Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District Election Race. The following groups have been shown to be the top contributors for this years election cycle.
Mike Simpson (R) *
Monsanto Co $13,750
Potlatch Corp $13,000
American Dental Assn $10,500
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry $10,000
American Crystal Sugar $10,000
Nicole Lefavour (D)
Communications Workers of America $5,000
Microsoft Corp $5,000
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $5,000
City of Boise, ID $3,500
Ironworkers Union $2,500
One solution proposed for this problem has been making elections entirely financed by taxes. This particular solution has not been addressed as much during the current economic crisis. The Century Foundation, a group describing itself as presenting, “Progressive ideas that advance security, opportunity, and equality” has currently been making an effort of addressing money as it relates to Politics and The Constitution. The book, “Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United” attempts to give readers a mapping of where the decision could lead in the years ahead.
While debate still continues on the nature of Campaign Contributions being a beneficial part of The American Political Process. Both sides of the political spectrum agree on the need for transparency in knowing who is donating to a Election Race.