Lia Veley: Normal people can’t afford politics

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Normal people can’t afford politics
 
Making a contribution to a political campaign is something that every person in the U.S. has a right to do, and that monetary donation can be any size (thanks to the Supreme Court case of McCutcheon vs. FEC).
In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. FEC that companies are people, and they can donate as much money as they like to campaigns. That’s great (I guess) that we are acknowledging the importance of freedom of speech, but what about the little guy?
 
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Because big corporations can give however much money they please to political campaigns (through a
number of different ways), a regular person has to ask him- or herself: What do I even matter anymore? This idea of big business influence in politics discourages the average citizen when it comes to how much their voice matters in an election. It also leads the average citizen to look closely at where candidates are getting their money from. What industries have the heaviest impact on political campaigns?

This is a valid concern. If big corporations can dump money into the campaign of a candidate who supports their ideas and values, what will my $25 donation to the candidate that represents what I want even matter? Free speech is what gave big corporations the right to donate however much they would like to whatever candidate they choose, but does that make speech less free for the average citizen? I think yes.
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