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Money in Politics

Part I: Democratic Values and Interests with Respect to Financing Political Campaigns

Question 2 concerns are political corruption

LWVUS has reviewed opinion polls, recent experience of campaign workers and scholarly research since 2000 to answer the following concerns about money in politics:  

Do voters trust that the political system yields legitimate and fair policies that represent the will of the citizenry? 
Do officeholders response to interests of their constituents or more so to their donors?
Do campaign contributions create corruption or the appearance of corruption?

Research found that a substantial majority of citizens believe that large contributions have negative impacts on officeholders’ actions. A May 2015 poll found 84% believe that money has too much influence in politics.

Click here for more information about Corruption and Rationales for Regulating Campaign Finance.

All information on the Money in Politics pages has been taken from materials provided by LWVUS.

Remember when thinking about your answers to the Consensus questions, we should respond "without regard for the Supreme Court's current views on the First Amendment," or its current narrow definition of corruption.

LWVUS Consensus asks our members to render an opinion on the following activities that may be viewed as corrupting to the political process:

Part I Question 2. Evaluate whether the following activities are types of political corruption: (Please respond to each item in Question 2.)

a.  A candidate or officeholder agrees to vote or work in favor of a donor’s interests in exchange for a campaign contribution.
☐ Agree     ☐  Disagree     ☐  No consensus

b.  An officeholder or her/his staff gives greater access to donors.
☐ Agree     ☐  Disagree     ☐  No consensus

c.  An officeholder votes or works to support policies that reflect the preferences of individuals or organizations in order to attract contributions from them.
☐ Agree     ☐  Disagree     ☐  No consensus

d.  An office holder seeks political contributions implying that there will be retribution unless a donation is given.
☐ Agree     ☐  Disagree     ☐  No consensus

e.  The results of the political process consistently favor the interests of significant campaign contributors.
☐ Agree     ☐  Disagree     ☐  No consensus

Continue on to Part II Questions 1 and 2 and background material.
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