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.
They channeled millions of dollars just to campaign against the bill; in their minds it was a strategic move in an attempt to protect their interest. It amazes me that a lobbyist for a pharmaceutical company makes 2 million dollars a year. It is outrages how much bribery there can be in politics. Bribery doesn’t just come in the form of money however. Campaign contributions and “donations”, gifts, which can include limousines and dinners, come from big companies who attempt to establish leverage with congressman.
To rid out economy of the penny, the government would first needed to confront a public greatly in favor of preserving the penny. As indicated by Source E, a poll by the prestigious Harris group, public opinion shows a strong desire to keep the penny. Not only in removing the penny would need the census of two-thirds the population of these view, but also the physical wealth needed to fund for such costly and logistically near-impossible change. As shown in source A, state economies that depend on penny production for continued prosperity, such as Tennessee, would suffer economic adversity if this was to be amended. In the end, the benefits to be reaped by ending the penny are not worth the investment involved.
For instance, on April 20, 1992, President Bill Clinton was asked by the MTV generation to discuss his underwear, which turned out to be briefs, on a nationwide broadcast (Hart and Triece). Why would a man of such high standards burden himself this way? The answer is simple; in this modern world, things of such importance and immaturity seem to engage the public, which shows what drastic measures a president is willing to go to keep his people interested. Even though President Clinton might have made a fool out of himself on national television, not all the blame should be put on his shoulders. In this present time many of the standards for people have changed, and this includes presidents.
These are often hard to ignore, such as the strike by the NUT in March 2012 over pensions, coupled with their march. Direct action can be an effective way of influencing Government, because even if strikes or marches are unsuccessful in changing policy, they are the best way to gain publicity for a cause. Furthermore, pressure groups also influence Government by using professional Lobbyists. Increasingly now, sectional and cause groups use paid lobbyists to mediate with those in Parliament. These lobbyists are able to provide Pressure Groups with information on different MPs, public officials and civil servants, as well as helping gain support of these people to back a cause.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed a further $750m to a global fund to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. “These are tough economic times, but that is no excuse for cutting aid to the world’s poorest,” said Microsoft founder Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Gates has said that the rich should pay a greater share to get the US’s economic house back in order, but has defended capitalism as an economic system. Gates wrote his first software program at the age of 13. In high school he helped form a group of programmers who computerized their school’s payroll
If voting was compulsory these groups in society would have no choice but to take a greater interest in politics and by voting or talking to their local MP their situation may be improved by the introduction of new policies. Furthermore the right to vote in a democracy is more of a privilege than a right, as so many people have fought for their right to vote. In the last century alone people have died fighting for this right, the Suffragettes are an example of this. Many people say that because of this we should respect and honour their sacrifice by using our right to vote because now we as a nation can
Instead of thinking that one more vote would not count, imagine the difference that one vote would make when it is counted with the millions of others that are cast for the same beliefs. Election issues can be confusing and hard to understand, but through a little work and research, the younger American voters will learn that the election’s biggest issues directly affect them. For example,
As a manager, I can see how the ‘generosity’ of those higher up could be mistaken as buy-offs. In the article: “Four Strategic Generosity Lessons” by Kanter (2010), the author gives the example of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg signing the Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge which commits him to donate at least half of his wealth over time. While this is a generous pledge, Zuckerburg signed this when a movie about his life came out that did not portray him in a favorable light with the public. His timing was bad, because it made it look as though his actions were not genuine. Kanter explains it: “Gifts have the most positive impact when unsolicited, before you're asked, and certainly
They registered the domain name google.com in the year 1997 and in September 1998, it became a privately owned incorporate Google Inc. With its extensive research on search algorithms and use of state of the art technology, Google successfully established its brand name in internet search engines market. By the year 2004, Google came up covering over 75% of US web search market. Google currently offers a wide range of offerings –Gmail, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Finance, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Checkout. It has acquired YouTube and DoubleClick. The company completed its IPO in 2004 at $85 which was valued at $600 in 2010.