I'm sure you've heard the word "Super PAC" at some point; after all, the money donated to multiple independent political action committees (or PAC) has played a bigger role in this election than any other. Many of the attack ads aired during the last few months are sponsored by these independent groups - supposedly without the consent or approval of the candidates or parties these committees support, although from what I've seen on the Daily Show and The Colbert Report, many politicians seem to have a good idea of what will be in these ads - sometimes before they see them or even when the candidate claims to have never seen the Super PAC sponsored ad to begin with.
While courts have ruled that Super PACs are perfectly legal, there has been backlash against them, as covered in this Newsy video:
"Super PACs have gotten plenty of criticism during this election season. It’s the first time they’ve played a role in a presidential race. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that such organizations were protected by the First Amendment. Former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich talks about the ruling.
“The 5-4 ruling said essentially that corporations are people, and for the first time in over a hundred years, allowed them to use corporate profit to influence our elections.” "
My opinion is that this backlash comes from two big related issues. One, obviously the wealthy have more money and are therefore making their interests heard more than the average citizen when they donate money to a specific group.
Two and far more i, there's complete lack of accountability with these committees, considering that enormous amounts of money can be donated anonymously and Super PACs don't seem to be held accountable for facts or the lack thereof presented in their advertisements. As long as these committees don't communicate with party members in political parties directly about the advertisements they'll run, their ads are perfectly legal - for now.
What do you think after watching this video? Do you think Super PACs are acceptable? Or do they need to disappear?