Cap Excessive Spending for Political Campaigns

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Cap political campaign spending in order to promote fairness

Capping expenditures for political campaigning has been a hotly contested issue for some time. While proposals for caps have been struck down in the past, a 2012 study by the Huffington Post suggests that 80 percent of voters are in support of limiting the amount of money given to groups that influence the outcome of the election. Before anything can be done, however, changes must be made to the constitution that, as of 2010, removed limits on independent campaign spending due its subsequent infringement of “political speech.”

Political speech, however, is a rather subjective concept. Rarely does it entail the advertisement of policies, plans, or specific notions that will better this nation as much as it entails rhetoric, vague promises, and the meaningless slander of the opposing party. It is difficult enough to find reliable sources, and if “political speech” such as this given free monetary range, there is no telling what kind of rubbish will infect the ears of future generations.

Capping campaign expenditures will not only decrease the over-hyped and often-untrue media attention political candidates receive, but it would also promote fairness in campaigning. There are intelligent Americans in this country with ideas and plans for the future that will never be heard because they were not born with thousands of dollars in their pockets. They are faced with a wall. In the 2004 elections, the congressional candidate who spent the most won 95 percent of the time. A spending cap would not make these problems of inequality go away, but it would be one step closer to a fairer system.

But what about the super PACs that want to donate millions of dollars to buy their desired candidate into the oval office? Would their rights not be infringed upon if they could not spend their millions to ultimately dictate policy for the entire nation of America? This is the kind of “political speech” that spending caps would and should counteract. The real tragedy is that money is powerful enough to speak louder than the majority of the American people. It is devastating that the wealthiest Americans are allowed to donate millions to buy out candidates who will use their power to perpetuate a system to disadvantage those without money. It is truly destructive that we hear complaints about the freedom of “political speech” when the only freedom of political speech most Americans ever have is a single vote.

It is time to stop allowing the richest Americans to dictate policy for the entire nation. Ask the U.S. Congress to cap spending for political campaigns. This issue exceeds infringement of “political speech” for a few privileged citizens and it hinders the freedoms of the majority. Limitless spending will only ever result in more spending. It can only give the wealthy an unfair advantage and leave a frustrated middle and lower class in the dust, struggling to be heard.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Please place a cap on spending for political campaigns. While many complain that such caps would infringe on political speech, I believe that millionaires who try to buy candidates into office is an infringement of my speech. I have one vote, the same as every other American, and it is truly unfair that candidates can use money to buy their way into power. This is not what America should look like.

America is the land of the free, and equal freedoms should be given to all, especially the freedom to elect candidates into the government. It is a fact that candidates who spend more during campaigns are given an unfair advantage to win, and to allow this system to continue because it infringed on political speech is absolutely preposterous. I have one vote to get my voice heard. Please do not let others use their money to make their vote count for more than mine.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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