Background Many controversial topics have surfaced recently, but one that tends to fly under the radar is lobbying. Lobbying is defined as a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to a group’s special interests (“Lobby”). Although average citizens are not fully aware of the issue, it is quite contentious in politics. For those who are against it, they believe that restrictions should be placed on lobbying because it distorts democracy. Lobbyists use money and cost-effective strategies to sway the opinions of lawmakers.
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James Bopp (1999) believes the explosion of soft money in political campaigns in part came from the 1996 elections when national and state party committees would use soft money to pay for advertisements that featured their respective nominees, but were not subject to the spending limitations of publicly funded candidates. These advertisements are referred to as issue ads, which would clearly promote the victory or defeat of candidates, but because they did not use the words “vote for”, “elect”, or “defeat” ... ... middle of paper ... ...nders in congress are willing to go to stretch the line of the laws and legal cheat just to keep their seat and the money flowing into their pockets. In present society politics is at its dirtiest and most cynical, evenly chipping away what our constitution stands for and our democratic values. I cannot in any way say what the future will hold for this uphill battle for disclosure and regulations on campaign finance. But I do know that the time for action is slowly passing by and if something is not done soon I fear the U.S. government may be lost to all and any forms of revival.
According to A. Holdbrook, “politicians may not pander to the public when it comes to the policies that they advocate, but there is evidence that they at least attempt to pander to the emotions of the electorate during political campaigns” (15). Although political campaigns and election can be involve in positive effects, such as in many democratic societies, where every citizen is enfranchised with the right to vote, also they can involve negative consequences, especially regarding to squandering money that could be allocated elsewhere, leadership issues, and fallacious claims that plague the campaign and the electoral process. To begin with, the election in the campaign process and in democratic societies focuses on how each citizen has the right to vote, a potential for constructive change in leadership, whereby the voters are appealed to, in terms of political party affiliations. Jim Grenada and M. Wong reports that, “campaign advertisement define the new position or drawing policy distinction from the opponent and also have potential influence to the voters” (3). Democratic debates ... ... middle of paper ... ...-405.