The Presidential Elections: Feeling helpless?
The other day while watching the Republican Debate (about number 45 I think) it suddenly occurred to me that my vote just didn't count as much as I had always assumed it had. I have religiously voted since I was 21 (1968 presidential election was my first). I have always contributed to local and national campaigns and been as active as most in politics.
But it really hit me thinking about the debate and the ads which had been running all week.
- Americans for a Better Tomorrow
- Americans for Freedom
- Americans for More Liberty
- Americans for More Etc Etc Etc
These little tag lines at the end of all the ads- who are these guys and why are they trying to influence my vote? The answer is simple….they are Super PACS. Specialized (authorized by congress) groups who can spend any amount of money in any way they desire to make any point they want.
Our national politics are being run and determined by these 13 such authorized groups. To be a Super PAC you must get authorization from the Federal Election Board and become registered. That is about it, approval and register.
The amount of money these special interest groups are throwing at election advertising is mind blowing…..and frightening.