This current event article is about the Supreme Court’s rule that allows people to give political campaigns money. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season. However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle. The ruling means a wealthy liberal or conservative donor can give as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap.
I believe spending money on advertising, promoting ideas, and supporting candidates is an exercise of our right to freedom of speech. So I don’t find anything wrong with this action of giving money to political campaigns. We all have the freedom to write what we want to write. Therefore donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give since it’s their money they are giving away. Also there is a limit on how much money one can donate to a single candidate which helps prevent corruption.
This is an excerpt from the Prince, written by Machiavelli (fifteenth century). For all men in general this observation may be made: they are ungrateful, fickle, and deceitful, eager to avoid dangers, and avid for gain, and while you are useful to them they are all with you, but when it [danger] approaches they turn on you. Any prince, trusting only in their works and having no other preparations made, will fall to ruin, for friendships that are bought at a price and not by greatness and nobility of soul are paid for indeed, but they are not owned and cannot be called upon in time of need. Men have less hesitation in offending a man who is loved than one who is feared, for love is held by a bond of...
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