After Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss, the Clinton Foundation seemed to be laying low and out of the news. All of the Clinton’s took a bit of a media hiatus, at least compared to the circus that surrounded the most recent presidential election. The foundation has now sent out an invite to supporters for their “welcome back” event – and it is going to be quite lavish indeed!
The invitation was first released by Axios and lists the prices for tickets as ranging from $2,500 for a basic ticket to $100,000 “premium package.” The organization has been under scrutiny for years for their financial practices, but only recently came back into the news last winter.
In January, The Hill posted a story outlining new FBI investigations into the Clinton Foundation. The FBI is working to figure out if the foundation “engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.”
The probe is working to determine if anyone within the organization was giving “policy favors” in return for charitable contributions. It is specifically related to obeying tax-exempt laws and using assets in the correct way.
If there is one thing that can easily corrupt even the best political system, it’s the influence of money. Allowing our government to be bought and sold to the highest bidder is a terrible thing for America, no matter which side of the political aisle that you stand on.
According to Time Magazine, “Liberals and conservatives overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s seminal campaign finance decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
The magazine goes on to cite a study from the Universtiy of Maryland that backs up the claims. The study showed that 66 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats support an amendment to outlaw Citizens United.
The 2010 ruling allows corporations, unions, and some non-profits to raise and spend as much money as they want to support or denounce a political candidate. The only reason the super PAC’s exist is because of Citizens United. It was a move that solely benefits the corporate interests in America, while once again allowing money to completely corrupt the political process.
By law, the candidates and their political parties can only accept a certain amount of donations. But these super PAC’s can generate millions in donations and they use them to promote their candidate through every possible channel.
This essentially makes politics a marketing game. The amount of money that can be spent on these lavish and wasteful campaigns could be used for positive things, but instead it’s spent convincing the country that your candidate is the only answer and the other candidate is the reincarnation of the devil.
We should be choosing our political candidates based on their policy positions, not the strength of their digital marketing team. Our political process is now a reality television show, with each candidate being forced to play the part and get the attention of the American masses. Along the way, surely some really stand-up, hard working candidates will get left behind financially and that is a terrible thing.
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