The superPAC has created a ecosystem where corporations and unions can give an unlimited amount of money to a candidate with the expectation of a return on their investment in the form of political influence (Eggan). Some believe that this is a fair application of the First Amendment and some believe that it is a gross misstep on the part of the Supreme Court. Either way, it can be stated with certainty that the Citizens United v Federal Election Commission case has vastly altered the battleground of political campaigns in America. In 2007 the conservative non-profit called Citizens United made a documentary called Hilary: The Movie which highlighted reasons why Hilary Clinton, who was running for president at the time, was not fit for office. Citizens United had wanted to make Hilary: The Movie available on pay-per-view television following other airings of the film.
‘The Sun wot won it’ is a notorious headline that appeared in the newspaper just after the results of the election. This headline shows a huge media influence which even the media agreed with. In the 1997 general election the Sun opted for Tony Blair’s Labour party who went on to win the election. More recently, in 2010, The Sun backed the Conservatives who won the general election, but with no enough votes to form a government on their own. This shows obvious links between newspapers and the electorate.
There were many factors throughout the election which had an impact which I will explain below. The first factor which determined the outcome of the 2008 presidential election was the fact that Obama was backed by the elites and the wealthy, the most notable elite being Warren Buffet. These elites gave as much money as the laws enabled them to but they also gave Obama their names, a strong PR move which gave Obama the edge as people who looked up to the endorsers would then side with them. These two factors also argue that elitism outweighs pluralism in America, and that elitism was so strong, that it determined the outcome with supporters of for example Warren Buffet voting for who he endorsed. However, there is also reason to suggest that this is not the case, and that pluralism determined the outcome of the 2008 election.
With the Senators looking to please their supporters, to gain money for campaigning and votes, this puts pressure on the Senators to vote with the interest groups when voting on important legislations. For example, the NRA, the national rifle association, supports and actively fights for the protection of the second amendment, which is the right to bear arms. “In … 2011 and 2012, the NRA spent nearly $3 million on federal lobbying.” This money mainly goes to GOP candidates who support the protection of the second amendment. Because of this, the candidates of the Republican Party are voting in favor of second amendment to get the money and support of the NRA. Filibuster, “a type or parliamentary procedure where debate is extended, allowing one or more members to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a given proposal,” is one of the causes for the brokenness of the Senate.
Research Paper President Obama's New Deal vs. President Roosevelt's New Deal The original new deal that was proposed by President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's during the great depression many columnists believe that it has been revamped into something that President Barack Obama believes can jumpstart the American economy. Since both of these men are from the Democratic Party and were voted into office by the American people under the promise that they would and could help jumpstart the economy that would lead to a decrease in unemployment. They both had a huge responsibility to the American people to hit the ground running. And although the similarities of the deals are almost to uncanny to be coincidence they each had key ideas on how to get the American people back into the workforce. I will be focusing on just a few key areas that have been struck due to the recession for President Obama and the Great Depression for President Roosevelt and how each man either fixed the problem or is attempting to.
The 2012 Presidential candidates’ use of social media The 2012 election will be one of the most important elections in the history of this country. In order to reach out to the people of the United States of America, the Republican candidate and the current President have used social media to new levels of high. The political parties of this country have started to increasingly use digital techniques in order to raise the election campaign money in order to influence the winner. The previous election was in 2008 in which the current President Barrack Obama beat Republican candidate John McCain. This contest had gone down in history as the first election to be heavily influenced by the new social media.
The media has had a great impact on the recent presidential elections. It is the most important and influential factor when determining who to vote for. The media has both positive and negative effects, it can make somebody look like a heroic person who is ready to lead the country no matter what happens, and it can also someone look like a babbling moron who has no clue about anything. The two main types of media that affect the election are paid advertising and news reporting. Paid advertising is when a presidential candidate pays to broadcast his message to the American people.
According to the National Polls, two thirds of the whole American population believe that the Iraq War is not worth it. The only word that Vice President Dick Cheney replied to this fact was "So". Even though the facts of the Iraq War is evident, the government of the United States choose to rely on senseless optimism to continue to fuel reasons to stay in Iraq longer. Ever since the Iraq War, there have been around four thousand American soldiers that have given their lives to the war. The Iraq war has cost the United States 600 billion dollars so far, and the United States government estimates that this number will rise to around 2 trillion when the war is over.
Lehman Brothers and its collapse was at the center of a political debate during the Financial Crisis which was based on theories of conspiracy, lessons being taught, and public pressure that was tied to political motives on the part of the Fed. There is no doubt that the downfall of investment bank Lehman Brothers was a major contributing factor to the Financial Crisis. There is however doubt regarding exactly why this financial institution was allowed to collapse and what specifically the ramifications were for the financial system as a whole. In the middle of March, 2008, the Federal government working with J. P. Morgan Chase bailed out Bear Sterns, however only several months later in September of the same year, Lehman Brothers was left to file for bankruptcy after the Federal government declined to rescue them. This inconsistency on the part of the government and the Federal Reserve contributed to the uncertainty which the Financial Crisis fostered.
Francisco Ibarra Govt II December 1, 2009 Americans and Elections As we know, presidential elections tend to have a certain amount of attraction even if you don’t really care for politics. The media always tries to put their own spin on it so it makes it look more enticing for people to see it and in turn they get ratings. The 2000 election was one of the closest elections seen, where George W. Bush beat Al Gore by a margin of less than one percent in the electoral votes. Many people believe that it was a mistake, Al Gore should have won. Four years down the road, its time to elect another president or re-elect the current one if he was a good choice before.