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Thanks to Citizens United, wealth can buy more power than it used to. Just a few people, mostly from financial and energy sectors, are providing most of the funds for the 2016 presidential election candidates. Most of the money is going to Republicans. These large donations are especially alarming considering the growing closeness between super PACs (political action committees) and candidates, relationships that are technically unlawful according to the FEC (Federal Elections Commission).
The donors represent just a handful a geographic areas, mostly big cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Houston, and their influence has the potential to shift political party politics, for good or for bad, and that's definitely something we should watch out for.
It's easy to get angry at these elite donors for having a larger say than you or me, but let's consider their point of view for a second. Most of them are self-made (new money). If I was able to accumulate that much wealth, I might want to spend some of it on political campaigns, and I don't think I would feel that bad about doing so.
I'm not sure we can really blame people for donating to causes they are passionate about, but what do you guys think? What measures could we take to help equalize the amount of influence everyone has in the political process? Is equalizing influence the right thing to do?