My Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Campaign Finance “Laws”

By Mikala Cohen

While we all know that money and politics go hand-in-hand in all branches of government, it is difficult to grasp the reality of this situation. Moreover, I know that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is arguably the greatest travesty of a judicial decision in the 21st century, but it is impossible to fully grasp its enormous and far-reaching proliferation. In my opinion, it is incredibly difficult for people to fully understand how influential every monetary contribution is on how candidates campaign for office, get elected to various positions and exercise the “power” they have. Through my experiences this summer as hill-tern and financial campaign intern in Washington D.C. and Virginia, I’ve managed to get a glimpse into how the cogs of the political machine are greased and rusted by money.

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