Transparency in the Financing of Electoral Campaigns

by Matthew Pellicer on November 6, 2013 - 11:50am

The first text, Future of Campaign Finance, discusses the various effects that financing in the political campaigns affects decisions that are later on taken once the person is elected. Depending on where and who is involved there are different outcomes. “American Crossroads, the super PAC backing the Republicans, only saw 1.29% of its spending result in the desired political outcome” (Fellay 45). This means that although they support the Republicans a lot through donations, they didn’t necessarily influence the government decisions. We can also evaluate at how enforced rules are. In India, although direct cash donations are heavily monitored to avoid the government being influenced by bribes, donations are given through bribes instead to avoid being caught. This means that although it might seem like there are no bribes, there really are bribes except no one really knows about them which makes it worst as you don’t know who is influencing the government’s decisions. The question we should ask though is wouldn’t we want to know who has an influence, minor or major, on the decisions taken for us?

The second article, More transparency for local election campaign, is about how a law might pass requiring local candidates to have to declare all of their expenses and revenues within 90 days after the election. It also requires them to declare who paid for the advertising and it bans anonymous donations. This allows everyone to know who is influencing the government and to know whether or not it follows theirs values or not. I believe this is very important because although someone might seem to have good values, with enough money, the person can change and take decisions against the reasons you voted for them.

The relation between these articles is very clear. Both articles discuss how the donations can affect politics depending on the amount a certain organization or person donates. I believe that knowing who is really running our government, local, provincial, or federal, is important because we should know why certain decisions were taken and how certain people can affect the fate of our politics.

Bibliography

Fellay, Sarah. "Future of Campaign Finance." Harvard International Review 34.4 (2013): 45-47. 6 November 2013. <http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=561aec19-246a-48ba-ab85-dc7096....

Sarah Fellay is a staff writer at the Harvard International Review. I know this is a good source because it has been peer-reviewed and published in an educational journal by a highly respected school. It is relevant to my subject as transparency is my main theme and it is about electoral campaign financing transparency.

Kitching, Lynsey. More transparency for local election campaign. 18 September 2013. Article. 6 November 2013. <http://tumblerridgenews.com/?p=12012>.

 

Although this person isn’t directly an expert in their field, the article presents facts and doesn’t have any opinions or predictions. This makes me believe that this source is reliable as the law directly affects the people who read this newspaper. It is relevant to my topic as it discusses a new law for transparency in the electoral campaigns.

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