James Anderson recently published an article called “Russians Weren’t the Only Meddlers in the 2016 Election According to End Citizens United” in the Hi-Tech Chronicle, a website dedicated to providing independent articles on technology and science.
The article on hitechchronicle.com reveals that the recent revelations foreign contributions to the presidential elections of 2016 may not be the only ones. The story of the Russian company purchasing more than six-figures worth of digital campaigns placed on social media platforms has been under investigation for more than a year. While it is still unclear if American officials were working directly with the company or not, many elected officials are still complicit in allowing foreign donations to be made to political campaigns in the first place.
While foreign entities are technically not legally allowed to donate to political campaigns, there are a variety of loopholes throughout the financial laws which make it easier for them to donate. Right wing lobbyists and lawmakers have been attempting to remove the limitations to the political campaigns for decades. Because of this, there are a variety of ultra-wealthy individuals who can have a gigantic influence on the political outcomes based on their contributions.
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The loopholes are such that American citizens will unlikely understand just how much foreign money was poured into the American presidential election of 2016. Not only are the contributions difficult to track, but there are more than just the Russians at work.
Mueller also discovered that corporations owned by Chinese nationals and Mexican entrepreneurs donated sizable amounts of money to super PACs. There are more than 15 different cases being investigated on the illegal campaign spending of foreign entities. Because of the nuances in the law, the Citizens United case in 2010 revealed that these political donations are considered “speech” and therefore a part of the rights of corporations. The decision currently allows corporations and advocacy groups to spend unlimited amounts of money which are donated to political campaigns.
The law not only allows organizations to support political candidates who endorse their interests, but because the law currently allows unlimited donations, organizations are often able to bribe officials.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee formed after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United v. the U.S. Federal Election Commission in 2010. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to countering the influence of corporate and foreign money that influences the American campaigns.
End Citizens United uses grassroots fundraising tactics to help stop foreign agents from influencing the elections.
Search more about End Citizens United: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/09/28/end-citizens-united-endorses-doug-jones-senate/